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#41 postdigital photography — Profiles

Sanaz Sohrabi

Although it might sometimes seem that way, photographs never exist in themselves. And this is doubly true of those made by machines or for archival or documentary purposes. As the art of Sanaz Sohrabi demonstrates, images (and particularly reproduced images) are part of often unwanted testimony embedded into dense nets of relationship…

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#41 postdigital photography — Profiles

Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Wikipedia defines diorama as “a scene with a picture or images and other elements that tries to give the impression of reality.” Lawrence Abu Hamdan, an artist originally from Jordan currently living and working in Beirut, focuses on this search for reality, or more precisely, for truth…

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#41 postdigital photography — Profiles

Chloé Galibert-Laîné

The treatment of a disease unknown to experts, the media image of a terrorist organization, crowd sourced investigations and the techniques of representation, not just on social media… these are some of the many themes we come across in the media, in order to watch, think, fabricate and leave our own testimony, adding yet more digital traces…

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#41 postdigital photography — Profiles

Agnieszka Sejud

Apart from studying law in Wroclaw, the Polish author Agnieszka Sejud also studied at the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava. Her training, therefore, is in photography, even though she presents herself more as a visual artist and activist in her work, often as a member of the art duo KWAS, which she forms with her ICP classmate Karolina Wojtas…

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#41 postdigital photography — Profiles

Filip Láb

Filip Láb, who died unexpectedly and prematurely in May 2021, was not only a prominent theorist and teacher of photography, but was also one of a generation of artists that dealt with the shift in political polarities and radical changes in the photographic paradigm…

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#40 earthlings — Profiles

Katarína Poliačiková

How can we relate to the history of Planet Earth through art? Katarína Poliačiková uses scientific knowledge and applies herself to research in her own practice, but what remains crucial for her is the personal perspective that provides facts with new meaning…

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#40 earthlings — Profiles

Ge Viana

Layers from different eras printed into a collage format act as a cross-section of the terrain. Buried narratives emerge through a series of pictorial excavations…

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#40 earthlings — Profiles

Naoya Hatakeyma

The traces of human intervention in the landscape, the extraction of raw materials and the development of our built environment are at the focus of a Japanese photographer celebrated for a series that shows spectacular explosions in limestone quarries…

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#40 earthlings — Profiles

Nico Alexandroff, Robert Zhao Renhui, Susan Schuppli

The artistic practices of Nico Alexandroff, Robert Zhao Renhui and Susan Schuppli, where glacial sampling and analysis exist alongside the photographic, are presented together, where they have formed into something synthetic, something not yet clear but deeply promising in their capacity to perform multiple functions at once…

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#39 delight, pain — Profiles

Wu Tsang

If dancing is a collective human way of communicating memory, history and identity, then the improvised movement is the physical equivalent of rap. There is a poetic revolutionary potential in freedom of physical expression, in the way a body moves and presents itself…

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#39 delight, pain — Profiles

Zara Pfeifer

The Viennese housing complex Alterlaa can certainly be seen as an embodied form of utopian architecture. We can find this monumental project, designed in the 1970s by Harry Glück, in the 23rd district, in a peaceful area on the outskirts of the city…

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#39 delight, pain — Profiles

David Wojnarowicz

Even several decades after the death of the versatile American artist David Wojnarowicz, his works have lost nothing of their urgency. Somewhere on the borders of brutality and fragility, he spoke through images, texts, films, collages and objects about injustice, suffering and the need for change…

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#39 delight, pain — Profiles

Jeremy Shaw

Jeremy Shaw’s profile could easily be presented as the trajectory of a succesful artist in which long-term themes are convincingly developed, the productive complexity of their elaboration increases, and in which exhibitions in the world’s leading institutions increase as well as the works represented in their collections…

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#39 delight, pain — Profiles

Paul Maheke

“There are many kinds of power, used and unused, acknowledged or otherwise”, begins a seductive essay by Audre Lorde. “The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feeling…

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#39 delight, pain — Profiles

Julie Béna

Associative visual games characterize French artist Julie Béna as an artist who uses a refined language to bridge two words – ambiguities transform unbounded speculations, thus creating a hibernating indeterminacy of reading…

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#38 death, when you think about It — Profiles

Teresa Margolles

Every day we are flooded with hundreds of images of death, both real ones from reports, the daily news, and fake ones pouring out of cinema screens. Slowly the line between the two becomes difficult to detect, invisible to the benumbed viewer under the influence of the number of so many images…

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#38 death, when you think about It — Profiles

Tereza Zelenková

In a tucked-away courtyard full of history, Tereza Zelenková is exhibiting a collection of new works. This is a compact exhibition that works in a refined manner with the gallery space, creating a strange rhythm, suggesting a possible grammar and dictionary for uncovering the essential; that which the images and texts only suggest…

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#38 death, when you think about It — Profiles

Urszula Kluz-Knopek

The Polish artist Urszula Kluz-Knopek invites everyone to play a very special online game about our own death, funeral and fears connected with the thought of dying. The aim of this text is to draw attention to the visual dimensions of this project, analyzing the strategy of using photography and creating iconoclastic collages…

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#38 death, when you think about It — Profiles

Dalibor Chatrný

In 1996, Dalibor Chatrný realized an exceptional series titled Interpretations of Photographs by Jindřich Štreit. It comprises a selection from Štreit’s systematic photographic documentation of the foothills of the Jeseníky Mountains between the 1960s and 1980s, uncovering the authentic and highly specific existential conditions of the local people…

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#38 death, when you think about It — Profiles

Andrey Anro

One of the protagonists of the project, the grandfather of the artist Andrey Anro recollects the following story. During the construction of new socialist housing in the town of Smarhon in western Belarus, human bones from an old Jewish cemetery appeared in the cellars of the buildings…

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#38 death, when you think about It — Profiles

The Party of the Dead

Walter Benjamin’s saying “even the dead will not be safe from the enemy if he wins” is illustrated in the postsocialist context in full operation: through different sorts of revisionism, heroization of history and themilitaristic cult of victory, death is instrumentalized…

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#38 death, when you think about It — Profiles

Kairus

The name of the Finnish-Austrian artist-researcher duo KairUs, which is composed of Linda Kronman and Andreas Zingerle, must be understood as a play on words related to the Greek term for the qualitative, rather than the quantitative, character of time…

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#38 death, when you think about It — Profiles

Oreet Ashery

For years, humor, irony and sharp critique have all been important elements in the art of Oreet Ashery, arising from her direct experience of an artist living in a multicultural environment who is originally from a more conservative background, socially and religiously speaking…

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#37 uneven ground — Profiles

Pavlína Fichta Čierna

Social video documentary makes up a significant portion of the work of the Slovak media artist Pavlína Fichta Čierna. A graduate of The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava and now a teacher at the University of Žilina, she shot a series of portraits of people from her surroundings between 2002 and 2005…

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#37 uneven ground — Profiles

Gabriele Stötzer

Gabriele Stötzer’s collaborative performances stand out from the practices of the late GDR’s artistic underground. They string together elaborations of the collective or the political, the (female*) body, and of art, in ways that challenged configurations of art and the political in 1980s GDR…

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#37 uneven ground — Profiles

Taro Karibe

She’s perfect. A silent listener. A forever young body, beautiful, sexually attractive. Her life becomes meaningful only when he is beside her—he who loves her, protects her, takes care of her…

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#37 uneven ground — Profiles

Alžběta Bačíková

While Alžběta Bačíková’s experimental approach to documentary puts the transparency of the filmic medium in parenthesis, this self-reflexive attitude does not operate at the expense of creating an empathic relation between artist and protagonist, subject and viewer…

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#37 uneven ground — Profiles

Karolina Wojtas

Polish artist Karolina Wojtas doubtless has a lot of fun creating her photographs and installations. This usually seems inconsistent with the depth of thought her photographs suggest. Even so, this is exactly what her photographs are: a fluid mix of various kinds of humor, bizarre elements, practical jokes, children’s jokes, and bullying…

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#37 uneven ground — Profiles

Heji Shin

Although the German-Korean artist Heji Shin attained wider popularity through her photographs for the Spring/Summer 2017 collection of the New York-based brand Eckhaus Latta, which featured explicit images of couples of varying ethnicities and sexual orientations engaging in sexual acts, the true scandal arrived with her portraits of the American rapper Kanye West, who recently elicited controversy through his relationship with the incumbent president of the United States…

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#37 uneven ground — Profiles

Sidsel Meineche Hansen

One hot summer day, I happened to reach for H. G. Wells’s 1923 novel Men Like Gods. In it, Wells presents his idea of the world of Utopia. People here are precisely carved castings of ancient deities representing the ideal potential development of our society at some point millenia in the future…

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#37 uneven ground — Profiles

Karol Radziszewski

Radziszewski’s art, in its multidisciplinary medley, is driven in its roots by a longing to carve out a space of diversity and queer beauty out of misery. Be it the secret queer meeting spots in communist Poland or the place for alternative narratives on history, it is constantly craving for a less miserable world…

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#37 uneven ground — Profiles

Karol Radziszewski

Umění Karola Radziszewského, které je směsicí různých mezioborových přístupů, je ve svém jádru vždy poháněno touhou vybudovat nějaký prostor pro diverzitu a queer krásu tam, kde není nic než mizérie…

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#36 new utopias — Profiles

Thierry Geoffroy / Colonel

Unsettling questions and statements written on camping tents that are placed in the gallery or in public spaces have become one of the trademarks of the artistic dialogue with which Thierry Geoffroy addresses his audience…

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#36 new utopias — Profiles

Apart

Literally overnight, all those meticulously scheduled plans for the next couple of months evaporated from our shared and personal calendars…

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#36 new utopias — Profiles

Futurefarmers

We have recently witnessed an alternative development in conceptions of utopia—through a transformation of the present and an attempt to divert us from the trajectory headed for apocalypse…

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#36 new utopias — Profiles

Kiluanji Kia Henda

The nuanced work of Angolan artist Kiluanji Kia Henda addresses the hopes of decolonizing Angola, Angola under socialism as well as the country’s present day, looking out to its possible futures—both global and retrospective ones…

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#36 new utopias — Profiles

Nomadic State

Like every utopia, Nomadic State is a country you can’t find in one particular place. It is not located on an offshore platform or a small island bought by a billionaire longing for his private kingdom…

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#36 new utopias — Profiles

Ruth Beale

Where is the commons located? Who owns it? Can I hold it? As an artist determined to restore the idea of common property to the minds of her audiences, Ruth Beale is preoccupied by these kinds of questions…

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#35 living with humans — Profiles

Milada Einhornová

Until recently, she was invisible. Neither Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s The Photobook: A History nor Manfred Heiting’s monumental Czech and Slovak Photo Publications, 1918–1989 contains a single mention of the slim, 48-page book Rickys Abenteuer in einer grossen Stadt (Ricky’s Adventure in the Big City)

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#35 living with humans — Profiles

Daniel Szalai

In his latest works and studies Novogen (2017– 2018), Stadtluft Macht Frei (2018–now), Means of Endeavour (2018),
and Spectrum (2018–now), the photographer Dániel Szalai focuses on different bird species as metaphors…

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#35 living with humans — Profiles

Jitka Hanzlová

Jitka Hanzlová’s pictures are all, with a few exceptions, in strikingly small format. She does not take advantage of the enormous dimensions and pomposity of the large format; she does not compete with billboards in the image of streets from the last
ten years…

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#35 living with humans — Profiles

Neozoon

Neozoon, founded in 2019 in Berlin, is an anonymous collective of female artists. The members share an interest in therepresentation of the human-animal relationship, animal rights activism as well as the paradigm shift in the sciences towards non-hierarchical human-animal studies…

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#35 living with humans — Profiles

Pierre Huyghe

Providing a basic description of Pierre Huyghe’s 2010 work Zoodrama is simple: a living ocean ecosystem in a glass aquarium. However, this seemingly straightforward marine animal spectacle makes present the tension between the human and the non-human, following up on the artist’s favorite themes…

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#34 archaeology of euphoria — Profiles

Olof Olsson

In the last six years, Olof Olsson toured Europe with 150kg of luggage and his Driving the Blues Away stand-up several times. During the breaks, he performed in his Copenhagen flat every week, often with extra additions…

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#34 archaeology of euphoria — Profiles

Martin Hrubý

The recreational compound of Vystrkov on the banks of the Orlík dam was built in the early 1960s. It consists of fifteen villas and a central hotel, all in the Brussels style. The compound was built by architects and builders who were imprisoned and abused for working on similar projects during the previous regime…

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#34 archaeology of euphoria — Profiles

Svätopluk Mikyta

In his work, Svätopluk Mikyta has used reinterpretation and visual comments of discovered reproductions and photographs as a visual platform for a long time. The trained graphic artist flirts and experiments with painting, drawing, installations and video performances combined with photographs and images from the 1930s and 1940s he collected during his travels and exhibitions throughout Europe…

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#34 archaeology of euphoria — Profiles

Jiří Kovanda

We approach Jiří Kovanda’s collages and paintings that date back to the critical turning point of socialism/capitalism with a certain degree of consternation: they create an image of us – the incorrigible us, the laughable us, and the small us…

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#34 archaeology of euphoria — Profiles

Jan Malý

Over the course of several years, Fotograf magazine has had to bid a final farewell to the three noteworthy photographers who produced – and for decades supplemented – the extremely expansive portrait collection entitled Czech People

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#34 archaeology of euphoria — Profiles

Ulrich Wüst

The work of German photographer Ulrich Wüst is a unique record of the lost and/or transforming East German culture, cities, and landscapes. Dieter Roelstrate, the curator of the exhibition of Wüst’s photographs at documenta 14, noted that he can see “renewed interest in the erasure of East German culture and history in particular” in the persisting division between East and West, which according to him, still shapes the ideas of the value of art and aesthetic expression in contemporary Europe…

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#34 archaeology of euphoria — Profiles

Dagmar Hochová

The collection of photographs by Dagmar Hochová (1926-2012), taken in the Czech National Council (ČNR) in the early 1990s, is a kind of novelty. Even those who know the artist’s work well have little relevant information about the series because it has not been fully integrated into her life story yet…

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#34 archaeology of euphoria — Profiles

Simon Menner

Simon Menner’s photographic practice is concerned with surveillance and pictorial propaganda as the main mechanisms of power in our current conflict-driven times. In the context of post-truth politics, his work feels even more pertinent…

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#34 archaeology of euphoria — Profiles

Marge Monko

Gender and class – the two categories of feminist and Marxist theories – have been conflated in Soviet ideology into the hybrid term of a “working mother”: an oxymoron featuring a female figure both submissive and revolutionary, domestic and public, feminine and masculine…

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#34 archaeology of euphoria — Profiles

Chris Niedenthal

Christopher Niedenthal was born in a London family of Polish immigrants in the postwar years. Taking photographs in London, however, failed to satisfy him. He felt a lot more attracted to Poland – not to its communist regime, but to life in Poland and young Polish people who seemed more open, friendlier to him…

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#34 archaeology of euphoria — Profiles

Stephanie Kiwitt

To look back means to look into your own fabulous face. In principle, it is like looking at an old woman’s face trying to see a girl in a school photo. The girl was sitting in front, second on the left, and the old woman still has the same lips and eyes like when she was eight…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Davor Konjikušić

Film and media artist Harun Farocki insisted on proving that there is an aesthetic basis to the negative dialectics of the contemporary, technologically conditioned and mediated world of repression, and that this aesthetic basis is the path towards a new rationality of abandoned humaneness…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Mathieu Asselin

If Monsanto were a villain, its cinematic depiction would be on par with other current popular antagonists. The name of this global American corporation which trades mostly in agricultural pesticides, genetically modified seeds, and pharmaceutic products has appeared in a large number of documentaries and activist films, especially in connection with Monsanto’s breaching of ethical and health standards…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Martin Netočný

Slagheaps are among the most visible remains of deep mining, although their traces in the landscape relief cease to be visible in time: artificial reclamation or spontaneous successions blur the inappropriateness of the slagheaps, which gradually blend in with the surrounding landscape…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Zdena Kolečková

“Photographs furnish evidence. Something we hear about, but doubt, seems proven when we’re shown a photograph of it. In one version of its utility, the camera record incriminates.” Susan Sontag On Photography 

An encounter with an artwork when the work becomes our personal property is always a very complex act…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Groupe Guma Guar

When Groupe Guma Guar organized an exhibition in the sam83 Gallery in the small village of Česká Bříza last year, it was not only an unexpected reunion of this audio-visual group that has greatly affected the Czech engaged art of the previous decade…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Tomáš Kajánek

4 December 2015. At the Art Basel fair in Miami Beach, a visitor stabbed another one in the shoulder and neck in the Nova section devoted to young artists. Onlookers thought the attack was a performance, especially after the scene was bounded by a police tape…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Stanislav Krupař

In 2014, photographer Stanislav Krupař and German journalist Wolfgang Bauer did a daring deed. Together with a group of Syrian refugees, they tried to travel undercover across the Mediterranean Sea from Egypt to Europe…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

DARST

It feels strange to click on a virtual map of routes taken by hundreds of thousands of Iraqi men and women to escape the war frenzy, enjoying the comfort of a European city. The Map of Displacement was created by Darst Projects, a documentary studio, and Metrography, the first Iraqi photo agency…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Rob Hornstra & Arnold Van Bruggen

The Sochi Project is almost as ungraspable as the North Caucasus that it describes. A documentary-reportage epic by Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen, seven years in the making, features an interactive website, several books, a wealth of images and solid text…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Zdeněk Tmej

Totaleinsatz (Forced Labour), the most famous collection of photographs by Czech photographer Zdeněk Tmej (1920–2004), was created between 1942 and 1944, when the author was forced to heavy labour in Wroclaw, Poland…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Tytus Szabelski

In the high season of customers storming shops, Tytus Szabelski found a job with Amazon. At first sight, it is hard to imagine how much the photographer infiltrated the company’s warehouses in Poland…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Andrzej Steinbach

Kunsthalle Wien crowned their 2018 dramaturgy with the exhibition project Antarctica, tackling the sociological term “alienation,” prominently present in the work of Michelangelo Antonioni, whose quote about moving glaciers opened the whole show…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Maxim Sarychau

The expression of discontent is part of the perpetual balancing of interests between the ruling apparatus and the general public. However, the political regime of Alexander Lukashenko supresses the manifestations of the Belarusian public, resulting in the erosion of the society and its continual pursuit of change…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Seba Kurtis

When Seba Kurtis (1974) photographs migrants and their stories through the lens of his 5×4 camera, his images hint at a subconscious experience. His photos remind the general spectator of traveling; however, they are a confrontation with the hidden side of a problem, which is taking place not far from our daily lives in Europe as well as in many other parts of the world…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Peter Fend

A seemingly lonely girl below the cliffs of Manhattan skyscrapers is anxiously watching something hidden behind the film still frame… The probably most often reproduced photograph from the Untitled Film Stills series by Cindy Sherman is a classic of piece of feminist art today…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen

“Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen work across objects, installation, and film that explore process of production as cultural, personal, and political practices.” The fact that in the brief profile in the heading of their website Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, an artistic duo with Israeli and Belgian roots respectively, speak about “production” and “practices” and not artistic work is certainly not without significance…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Mari Bastashevski

V textu The Perfect Con z roku 2016 pro e-flux journal se Mari Bastashevski zamýšlí nad možnostmi institucionální kritiky v umění. Úvahou nad důležitostí nerezignovat na vývoj kritických strategií uzavírá esej, v níž shrnuje své působení v rámci umělecké rezidence na lodi izraelské námořní společnosti ZIM, jednoho z největších globálních lodních dopravců…

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#32 non-work — Profiles

Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems is one of the key figures of American photography
who asserted themselves on the scene during the second half of the 20th
century, all strongly influenced by the dynamic social events of that time…

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#32 non-work — Profiles

Agnieszka Polska

On 28 December 1895, at their founding screening in Grand Café in
Paris, the Lumière brothers presented ten films, including “Employees
Leaving the Lumière Factory”. One of the very first motion camera shots
had focused on a stream of people leaving the factory: a mass of women
and men, rapidly and collectively vacating their place of work…

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#32 non-work — Profiles

Jakub Jansa

Jakub Jansa has been an athlete, but he also has co-operated with
many prominent Czech artists: he has been influenced by Federico
Díaz’s experimental seedbed and successfully completed his studies in
Díaz’s Supermedia studio at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design
in Prague…

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#32 non-work — Profiles

José Antonio Hernández-Diez

The Venezuelan artist José Antonio Hernández-Diez became the darling
of the international art world in the 1980s, at the time of the rising
interest of world institutions and galleries of contemporary art in the
artists and culture of the global South…

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#32 non-work — Profiles

Jan Pfeiffer

On the monitor, layers are piling one on another. They are dividing the
area, defining the horizon, outlining the perspective, enclosing the open
landscape, building walls around it. The walls are growing, intersected
by windows and doors…

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#32 non-work — Profiles

Daniela & Linda Dostálkovy

Linda is a well-known graphic designer; Daniela is a professional
photographer specialising in photo-documentation. But in the world of
contemporary art, they are known primarily as a creative tandem, the
Dostálková sisters…

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#32 non-work — Profiles

Martina Mullaney

We suffered terribly as we became our separate selves.
Virginia Woolf, The Waves, 1931

Anna, Anna, I am Anna, she kept repeating; and anyway I can’t be ill or
give way, because of Janet; I could vanish from the world tomorrow, and
it wouldn’t matter to anyone except to Janet…

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#32 non-work — Profiles

Shawn Maximo

“So much of what we do now is always with the thought of ‘Oh, how will
this look in a different mediation?’.”1

Three years ago it made evident sense to speak of the essential way in
which the perception of reality is changing because of the digitalised
distribution of reproduced interpretations…

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#32 non-work — Profiles

Oliver Ressler

In his work, the Austrian artist and filmmaker Oliver Ressler (b: 1970)
explores the options of public space, describes socially and politically
engaged movements, and presents possible economic and political
alternatives to those which have become established…

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#32 non-work — Profiles

Michele Borzoni

The photographer Michele Borzoni is a member of the TerraProject
Collective – an Italian group of documentary photographers. TerraProject
was established in 2006 and, in addition to Borzoni, its members include
the documentarians Simone Donati, Pietro Paolini, and Rocco Rorandelli…

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#32 non-work — Profiles

Céline Berger

“We have developed about a third of the project, but the first results
are already on the table. I expect the first concrete feedback after the
presentation of the results. But I have a problem with the management…

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#32 non-work — Profiles

Jirka Skála

A recently established law in France aims to protect workers’ ‘right to
disconnect’. It requires companies of a certain size to clearly define hours
when staff should neither send nor answer emails, and it seeks to ensure
fairly paid work, prevent burnout and protect private time…

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#32 non-work — Profiles

Danilo Correale

The work by Danilo Correale – an Italian artist living in New York – is
inspired and deals with the phenomena associated with the late capitalism
culture and neo-liberal system of labour…

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#32 non-work — Profiles

Lars Tunbjörk

When street photographer Lars Tunbjörk found himself in an office in the
late 1990s, he searched for and found the beauty of the accidental, oblique
angles, and marginal phenomena.

In his Office series, the “legendary colour photographer of the absurd”
creates a variety of grey and beige tones…

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#31 body — Profiles

Maga Sokałska

The interest of many of today’s photographers in documentarism, picture
archives, and authors’ books goes hand in hand with the distinctive trend
in the arts and curatorial practice of the past decade represented by
concepts such as a “historiographical turn” or an “archive impulse”…

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#31 body — Profiles

Amalia Ulman

In his famous book The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life from
1959, Erving Goffman, an American sociologist, anthropologist and
social psychologist, tried to interpret human behaviour by using the
analogy of the theatre – in terms of playing societal roles…

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#31 body — Profiles

Tomáš Ruller

“The womb of the soul is where the inner world and the outside world
meet. Therefore, no one knows themselves unless they are themselves
and someone else at the same time.”1

The body is related to the visualization of human desire and the need
to make it in the all-giving and all-accepting existence in the limited
continuum of the universe…

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#31 body — Profiles

Darina Alster

Do you remember the dinner scene in Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie? Before the meal gets started, the guests are distracted by sobs coming from the back of the restaurant. Three females go to check what caused this sound only to find a dead man, whose body was lying just a few steps away from their table…

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#31 body — Profiles

Luboš Plný

The name Luboš Plný (born in 1961) was almost unknown in the Czech art world until the summer of 2017. Still, it has long been spoken of as a revelation in the contemporary art sphere – but only in the narrow circle of the initiated…

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#31 body — Profiles

Eva Koťátková

Different time periods and different generations bring new issues. But what about the old ones – still present and still urgent issues? Foucault’s analysis of repression and power is compulsory reading today, but the reasons why it was written still persist…

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#31 body — Profiles

Melanie Bonajo

The following text is written for a photography magazine, but associating its name with Melanie Bonajo (born in 1978) does not have much hope for success. In her activities, Bonajo merges the skills of an activist musician, performer and shaman…

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#31 body — Profiles

Edith Jeřábková interviews Eva Koťátková

I’m reading your Manual for Unlearning the Body1, and I think that readers might want to know what the process of unlearning means to you.

I sometimes imagine a body that wakes up one morning and doesn’t remember any learnt movements – doesn’t know what its movements and actions mean…

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#31 body — Profiles

Neil Harbisson

“Cyborg, short for cybernetic organism or cybernetically controlled organism. Cyborg represents the synthesis of organic and mechanical parts. Its mechanical components are usually non-removable and their assembly or disassembly is done in the form of a surgical procedure…

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#31 body — Profiles

Jakub Ra

Carnal Fuck

Jakub Ra Svoboda

 

The body in the body. In the fluid. The hand in the body. In the fluid. All my saliva, sweat, mucus, ejaculations, and fantasies! Everything conscious! The body in the society, immersed in the matter…

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#31 body — Profiles

Ján Rečo

In the late 1980s, Ján Rečo (1948) created a series that strongly resonated with the contemporary photography – today, not many people know him. His photographs can give us a good insight into the contemporary thinking about photography and imaging the body…

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#31 body — Profiles

Josef Rabara

Josef ‘Jožo’ Rabara is a lot of things – a photographer, music producer, and a host on the radio. Certain aspects of his art can be found in the wider context of his other activities…

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#31 body — Profiles

Katja Novitskova

Five years ago, Sussane Pfeffer took the post of director of the historically oldest European public museum, Fridericianum in Kassel – founded in the spirit of the enlightenment in the year 1779 and well-known for the exhibitions of contemporary art, Dokumenta – and based her radical programme on the theory of post-humanism…

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#31 body — Profiles

Jordan Wolfson

The author accompanied his 2007 exhibition, titled Jordan Wolfson, with
a letter to the visitor: “This is my first exhibition with the gallery and also my
first solo show in Germany…

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#31 body — Profiles

Heather Dewey-Hagborg

We live in a beautiful brand new world. Technologies are ubiquitous, helping us live seemingly better lives. They have ridden us of all physical effort, making travel, communication, entertainment and work easier…

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#30 Eye In The Sky — Profiles

Zach Blas

In September 2011, as the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park swarmed with protesters in Guy Fawkes masks popularized by the hacktivist group Anonymous, the New York City Police Department resurrected an 1845 law that deemed two or more people wearing masks in public illegal, unless a masquerade party was being organized…

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#30 Eye In The Sky — Profiles

Anna Slama & Marek Delong

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me”…

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#30 Eye In The Sky — Profiles

Britta Thie

Britta Thie is an artist from Berlin. She is also a model, an actress and a dancer, as we can see in the Alien Babies clip by Easter, the Berlin-based pop band – which also suggests she objectifies herself…

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#30 Eye In The Sky — Profiles

Vito Acconci

In October 1969, Vito Acconci made his fourth Street Work, Street Work IV. He spent three weeks following randomly chosen people through the streets of New York. He would note down the date of the event (e…

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#30 Eye In The Sky — Profiles

Sophie Calle

For months I followed strangers on the street. For the pleasure of following them, not because they particularly interested me’’.1

Calle’s art practice, passionately exploring the boundaries between the private and the public through transgression, is perhaps even more pertinent today, when we access other people’s private lives with ease through social media whilst at the same time we are subjected to observation through various forms of state-sanctioned mass surveillance…

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#30 Eye In The Sky — Profiles

Federico Díaz

The situation of originality in the Czech Republic is difficult. One the one hand, originality is attractive; on the other hand, it is unreliable. “At the beginning of the 1990s, the digital revolution was invisible…

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#30 Eye In The Sky — Profiles

Pam Skelton

He who is subjected to a field of visibility, and who knows it, assumes responsibility for the constraints of power; he makes them play spontaneously upon himself; he inscribes in himself the power relation in which he simultaneously plays both roles; he becomes the principle of his own subjection…

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#30 Eye In The Sky — Profiles

Oskar Helcel

The Army Unit 3255, abbreviated as AU, is a bounded area taking circa 1/10 of the area of Petřín Hill in Prague. This area is used by the military Communication and Information Systems Agency (AKIS)1 and by the Department of Criminalistic Technical Equipment and Expertise of the Criminal Service of the Military Police…

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#30 Eye In The Sky — Profiles

Jules Spinatsch

To make a long story short, Temporary Discomfort started as a work on the global economic summits, at a time when Jules Spinatsch had lost his belief in classical photojournalism. It was inspired largely by Sophie Riestelhuber’s work Fait and her claim that photographers should rather work in places they know and have control of, instead of going to exotic destinations to cover conflicts they don’t understand…

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#30 Eye In The Sky — Profiles

Silver

The life of the mysterious artist named Silver has been always accompanied by a fundamental need to create. His persistent urge to create and work on anything has manifested itself since childhood. That is why we can start the art biography of this protagonist of the new digital wave with the times when he was young…

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#30 Eye In The Sky — Profiles

Štěpánka Sigmundová

Most people in Western society find it certainly more plausible to believe in the existence of an identifiable universe than to accept the idea there might be something beyond our understanding, something we cannot apply any methodical system of research to…

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#30 Eye In The Sky — Profiles

Barbora Kleinhamplová

“Art is a history of doing nothing and a long tale of useful action,” writes Liam Gillick at the beginning of his essay on the work for e-flux.1 In the sentence, he has expressed a fundamental contradiction of artistic work…

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#30 Eye In The Sky — Profiles

Josephine Pryde

After twenty years on the contemporary art scene, Josephine Pryde started receiving more attention. In April 2012, one of her photographs of guinea pigs appeared on the cover of the American Artforum magazine, which also included an extensive review of her retrospective exhibition, Miss Austen Enjoys Photography1

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#30 Eye In The Sky — Profiles

Vojtěch Rada

Vojtěch Rada seems to create environments reflecting his extensive artistic education: he studied at the Department of Architecture (the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design; and the Academy of Fine Arts, both in Prague), the Department of Sculpture (the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design) and the Department of Game Design (Zurich University of the Arts), and he combines all the disciplines in his artistic practice…

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#29 Contemplation — Profiles

Viktoria Binschtok

In her slowly expanding series Cluster, Viktoria Binschtok creates groupings of two, three or more photographs, always consisting of one older picture from her archives plus one or several more that she made by reconstructing images found online…

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#29 Contemplation — Profiles

Jáchym Myslivec

Is it possible to consider the images by Jáchym Myslivec to still be photographs? What conditions must an image meet in order to be called a “photographic image”? Technology? A representation of reality? A certain relationship to the presenter?

Digital technology has transformed the essence of photography itself…

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#29 Contemplation — Profiles

Polina Karpova

Starting from the 1970s, Kharkiv – a city in Eastern Ukraine – became one of the first centres of a photographic revolution. Borys Mykhailov, Sergey Solonskyi, Sergey Bratkov, Eugeniy Pavlov, Oleg Maliovanyi and many others were photographers who went against the governmental aesthetics and developed new rules of the game – experimentation, boldness, self-expression, social realism, and synthesis with other artistic media…

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#29 Contemplation — Profiles

Ján Kekeli

Ján Kekeli’s cycle Life Consists of Little Touches of Lonelines is, at first glance, a very heterogenous cycle. On the one hand, the artist works with digital photography, with which he portrays more or less traditional views of interiors; however, on the other, he uses drawing and painting to intervene directly in the photographic image or as another possible artistic medium in its own distinct way…

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#29 Contemplation — Profiles

Tereza Kabůrková

“The medium used by Japanese painters is the monochrome ink sumi, which is applied with a soft, pointed brush, and only sometimes enhanced with natural pigments, or with silver, gold, mica, black lacquer, and the white powder gofun

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#29 Contemplation — Profiles

Martin Vongrej

In his all-encompassing exhibitions Slovak visual artist Martin Vongrej (b: 1986) combines photography, painting, text, and objects. Within his words, the image and the word are complementary components of spacetime animations of the relationships between the acts of perceiving and thinking, realised through reversing, cyclical, mirroring, or repetitive systems…

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#29 Contemplation — Profiles

Clare Strand

An obsession with examining and finding the border between the possible and the impossible manifests itself in every work made by photographer Clare Strand (b. 1971). She became more widely recognized thanks to her 2002–2003 series Gone Astray

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#29 Contemplation — Profiles

Mary Ellen Bartley

Mary Ellen Bartley is an important American artist who lives and works in New York. Her work often stands on the threshold of semi-transparent tonality, and that is where they are most touched by abstraction…

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#29 Contemplation — Profiles

Zbigniew Dłubak

The Gesticulations series, sometimes referred to as Systems-Gesticulations, was started by Zbigniew Dłubak in 1970. At that time, Dłubak was already quite an eminent figure in photographic circles in Poland, as editor-in-chief of the Fotografia monthly (1953–1972), the author of many theoretical texts, the co-founder of Group 55, and, above all, as the author of one of the first photographic environments in Poland – a series titled Iconosphere I (1967)…

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#29 Contemplation — Profiles

James Welling

When I look at the Glass House photos by James Welling, I have a similar feeling as Murray did standing before “the most photographed barn in America” in White Noise by Don DeLillo…

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#29 Contemplation — Profiles

Petr Faster

Petr Faster (1952) is not amongst those whose seek to draw the public’s attention to what they photographed and where. However, he does take the high road in certain things and thus did not keep his beginnings secret from me…

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#29 Contemplation — Profiles

Jan Hudeček

The majority of photographers who stood out in their field in the 1980s, but about whom we stopped hearing after 1989 and have by now forgotten, either began to intensively focus on advertising photography, or they did not find a way to navigate through and present their work under the new conditions…

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#29 Contemplation — Profiles

Miloš Šejn

Thanks to the light reflectance values of black and white, their varied tonality, contrast, and brightness contained within a wide range of shades, black and white photography has acquired the ability to express an extraordinarily persuasive imaginative nuance of reality and fantasy, dreams and reality, idyll and horror – the atmospheres of our lives…

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#29 Contemplation — Profiles

Jan Svoboda

The oeuvre of Jan Svoboda (1934–1990), one of the crucial figures of Czech post-war art, although easily divided into distinct periods, continually and determinedly explores the very essence of photographic depiction, questioning fundamental issues of the medium and conversing with parallel practices in painting, installation, and even conceptual art…

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#2 Collective Authorship — Profiles

AES

The name of this group is derived from the first letters of the surnames of three artists: Tatiana Arzamasova (b. 1955), Lev Evzovich (b. 1958) and E. Svyatsky (b. 1957). These three Muscovites of the middle generation started to work together as a group in 1987…

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#7 New Staged Photography — Profiles

Míla Preslová

Mile Preslova works with staged and digitally adjusted photography. She was a student of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (1989 – 1996), first studying painting with Jiff Sopko, and later resuming her education in the multi-media atelier of Milan Knížák…

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#7 New Staged Photography — Profiles

Melissa Moore

Photography emerges in the mid nineteenth century from scientific discourses of exactitude and classification. lndeed, even as the new medium is structured around the regular division of time and space, so its images attempt to Iiteralize the philosophical and scientific imagination of the world and its phenomena as capable of being defined and described, capable of being put in their place…

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#7 New Staged Photography — Profiles

Soody Sharifi

Photographer Soody Sharifi (born 1955), Iranian by origin and a mechanical engineer by education, has lived in the United States for over thirty years. Her work is concerned with the theme of the penetration of Muslim society by imported Western influences, as well as the natural evolution of that society over time…

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#7 New Staged Photography — Profiles

Woo Back

Human stories intersect and interconnect in wide circles. Perhaps the person we passed unnoticed in the street is more than just a stranger. The young Korean artist Seung Woo Back (born 1973) creates staged photographs of “ordinary” people who have in common their relation-ships, and above all the anguish that these bring about…

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#7 New Staged Photography — Profiles

E-J major

A name conveying the impression of a DJ’s moniker in fact denotes an abbreviation for Emily-Jane Major. In her work, the young British visual artist (whose professional interests oscillate between the worlds of art, social sciences, gender studies and anthropology) addresses human issues at a more universal level…

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#4 Intimacy — Profiles

Martina Mullaney

In a 1967 essay the French thinker Michel Foucault outlined the concept of the heterotopia. This is a space where, within defined and organised boundaries, and despite the intention of its design, there may be multiple and contradictory uses…

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#4 Intimacy — Profiles

Phoebe Maas

A naked female body curled up on white sheets – amid colorful pillows, red and white, printed with rose petals and leaves – of which we see only a large, pinkish back and strands of brown hair: the cover photograph which opens the catalogue of the Dutch photographer Phoebe Maas, entitled Moments In-Between, is among the most painterly of the whole collection…

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#4 Intimacy — Profiles

Peter Janáčik

We can say that the approach of each artist who works with photography highlights (whether intentionally or unkowingly) some aspects characteristic of the medium. The Slovak artist Peter Janáčik (1966) accentuates its fragmentary quality, as well as its dispassionate distance and sense of manipulation…

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#4 Intimacy — Profiles

Hynek Alt & Saša Vajd

Hynek Alt and Aleksandra Vajd, are not only a Czech-Slovenian collaborative artistic team within the medium of photography, they are a couple in life as well. They were in charge of the workshop course Photographic Author’s Book during the 2002/2003 school year at FAMU, Prague, where they also completed their Master’s degrees in Photography…

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#4 Intimacy — Profiles

Delphine Kreuter

/force protection/

As a title for this book, I thought “Agony and Ecstasy“, but M. told me that it was trite. He may be right, everything is so trite. But I go back to the moment where nothing exists, where we can take everything…

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#24 Seeing Is Believing — Profiles

Emir Šehanović

The culture of the Balkan region, and Bosnia-Herzegovina in particular, has been formed by its unique history and a web of authentic traditions. The art which springs from this environment – including photography – rigorously pays homage to these ancestral roots, although this may not always be obvious at first…

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#5 Borders Of Documentary — Profiles

Zbigniew Libera

On May 13th, 2003, the Polish magazine Przekrój ran a cover featuring a photograph of the war in Iraq. Nothing remarkable in that – war conflict, natural disasters and social upheaval are among the favorite themes of media coverage…

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#5 Borders Of Documentary — Profiles

Beth Block

Young American photographer Beth Block graduated only recently (in 2001) in Photography and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has presented herself to American audiences at several group exhibits: in New York, California and Texas…

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#5 Borders Of Documentary — Profiles

Paula Miklosevic

Paula Miklosevic’s photographic portraits collected in the cycle Ideal Place are reminiscent of the approaches used in visual anthropology or related sociological research. Their aim is to capture the aspect and thinking of young people from Eastern Europe, and can probably be expected to reflect their experience as well as the local history and its current (mis)adventures…

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#3 Transforming Of Symbol — Profiles

Alena Kotzmanová

She thus meditates about the medium as such, its various forms, vacant spaces and processes that bring unexpected and startling fusions and insights.Within
the framework of a genre in its own right – a kind of “fictitious documentary” that is created in the same way as a photo-reportage – but instead of conveying information, it works rather the other way around – Kotzmanová embarks on examining reality as well as creating new, parallel worlds…

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#24 Seeing Is Believing — Profiles

Paul Bogaers

The Dutch photographer Paul Bogaers conceives of his works as riddles, creating combinations of various visual messages and offering them to the viewer. He does not use only his own original photographs; a regular at flea markets, bazaars and jumble sales, he searches for inspiration and source material – old picture postcards, amateur family pictures of unknown people, old book and magazine illustrations…

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#24 Seeing Is Believing — Profiles

Jiří Černický

Presenting only two of Jiří Černický‘s recent projects – and on those mainly because they employ the medium of photography – is to suppress the wide spectrum of creative activity which defines the artist, as well as his personal and artistic history…

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#24 Seeing Is Believing — Profiles

Junsheng Zhou

Hardly perceptible details, ordinary things and phenomena, so ubiquitous and mundane that we no longer even notice them, or register them only with superficial interest; and yet these are endowed with a depth and gravity all their own…

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#24 Seeing Is Believing — Profiles

František Drtikol

František Drtikol (1883–1961) was a widely recognized figure in the international art scene of his day. An active photographer from the very beginning of the 20th century until the mid-1930s, he firmly established himself among the elite of world photography and remained part of it even after he decided to abandon the medium altogether in 1935…

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#24 Seeing Is Believing — Profiles

Július Koller

It should be said at the outset that Július Koller is not in fact a photographer, and photography is for him a vehicle rather than a medium of his photo-media oeuvre, which is so extraordinarily popular today…

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#24 Seeing Is Believing — Profiles

Michal Heiman

As a person interested in the history of psychiatric and scientific photography in the 19th century, the most exciting thing for me in Michal Heiman’s work is the way in which she makes those strange, painful, and complex photographs resurrect, gain new relevance, and challenge fixed perceptions regarding documentation and testimony, therapy and manipulation, science and art…

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#24 Seeing Is Believing — Profiles

Gerard Byrne

For a period of ten years, the Irish artist Gerard Byrne dedicated himself to the phenomenon of the Loch Ness Monster. The outcome of his project was not just an exhibition but also an extensive book entitled Gestalt Forms of Loch Ness, which delves deeply into uncovering other levels of meaning, as well as the artist’s own methodical concept…

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#3 Transforming Of Symbol — Profiles

Michaela Thelenová

„Discourse is hardly more than the reflexion of some truth that is born
before our eyes, and when at length everything can take on the form
of a discourse, when all can be said and when discourse can be pronounced
about everything it means that it is possible because all things,
after having made obvious and changed their meaning, can return to a
silent internalisation of the consciousness of themselves…

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#24 Seeing Is Believing — Profiles

Asger Carlsen

Wrong, a series of photographs by the Danish photographer Aster Carlsen combines the relatively “innocent” form of the family photograph with manipulative interventions. In terms of both form and content, the photographs bear all of the characteristic traits of the snapshot…

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#24 Seeing Is Believing — Profiles

Ryan Thompson

Across a wide range of photographic projects Ryan Thompson investigates the question of credulity — what we are willing to believe – and points to structures of belief as they appear in the realms of science, pseudoscience, and the occult…

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#24 Seeing Is Believing — Profiles

Raplh Eugene Meatyard

The American photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1925–1972) worked as an optician in Lexington, Kentucky. He pursued photography in his spare time, joining the Lexington Camera Club in 1954. He might have been seen as an eccentric, developing a harvest of the past twelve months at once, or cherishing a collection of junk (which to him was a set of Surrealist props)…

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#24 Seeing Is Believing — Profiles

Tomokichi Fukurai

We live in an era of post-production, of the subsequent retouching of photographs via graphic effects or digital editing. This represents a double-edged sword wielded by those aspiring to technical perfection and simultaneously strong emotional impact…

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#6 The Recycle Image — Profiles

Endcommercial

Endcommercial is a project by three artists who study and describe fragments of a city. Dr. Wolfgang Scheppe, a language philosopher, Florian Böhm, a former professional skateboarder and currently editor and graphic designer, and Luca Pizzaroni, a documentary filmmaker, have systematically depicted identical elements of New York City and other cities since 1997…

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#6 The Recycle Image — Profiles

m+m

The abbreviation M+M denotes the creative collaboration of two German artists – Marc Weis (1965) and Martin de Mattia (1963). Their work is broad in scope, and photography is only one of the media the artists employ…

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#6 The Recycle Image — Profiles

Zbyněk Baladrán

Zbyněk Baladrán (1973) is a collector of film footage. The fundamental turning point in his work came with an advertisement he placed in 2003; in the first phase he collected around 16 hours of footage in various genres…

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#6 The Recycle Image — Profiles

G.R.A.M

Some philosophers warningly draw our attention to the compression of time – past, present and future – and the virtualization of the (photographic) image that goes along with it; an image which they understand as “expanding the optical scope” of the phenomena of the real world…

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#6 The Recycle Image — Profiles

viktor kopasz

If we were to look for an artist whose photographic diaries are not only visually striking and audience friendly, but above all present a profound message, we would undoubtedly come to the Slovak photographer of Hungarian ethnicity, Viktor Kopasz…

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#8 Landscape — Profiles

Sarah Pickering

Over the past few years, London-based visual artist Sarah Pickering has caused quite a stir on the contemporary British photography scene. Pickering – a graduate of the Royal College of Art (2005) and recipient of numerous prestigious arts awards – frequently approaches the creation of her large-format photographs like a shaman or chemist and a little like a bartender…

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#8 Landscape — Profiles

Steffi Klenz

These are the words with which Buzz Aldine, pilot of the Apollo 11 lunar module, described the lunar !andscape – words that could come to mind when viewing the landscape photographs of Steffi Klenz…

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#8 Landscape — Profiles

Bill Finger

Paramnesia is defined as the “distortion of memory in which fantasy and objective experience are confused.” It is literally a mental collision of fact and fiction that becomes in essence a new personal truth…

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#8 Landscape — Profiles

Juliane Eirich

A beach is a place of activity and noise: Children are running into the sea and back to their parents or playing in the sand. Teenagers enjoy their free-time while listening to music and sellers pass by advertising their drinks, snacks or souvenirs…

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#28 Cultura / Natura — Profiles

Barbora Fastrová

Recently a friend told me that lately she was feeling confused because she was struggling, wondering if the universe or world we live in is a safe place. Is it a place that cares, a place that looks out for our best interests and cradles us? I was bewildered by this question, because I have always thought that the world is indifferent to us…

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#26 Documentary Strategies — Profiles

Taryn Simon

 

On January 6, 2011, the computer programmer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz was arrested after using the MIT network to secretly download a large number of scientific research papers from the JSTOR database…

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#26 Documentary Strategies — Profiles

Rhea Karam

Rhea Karam (born 1982) lives in New York. For the first shoot of her Breathing Walls project, however, she returned to her native Lebanon, and later continued in Egypt. “I felt the necessity to document these ephemeral testimonies of life as a record of an important period in time,” she says…

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#26 Documentary Strategies — Profiles

Rafał Milach

To this day, most of 1980’s and 1990’s Polish documentary photography remains largely unknown to the general public, while in its time only a handful of photographers pursued the trend without claims to wider recognition…

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#26 Documentary Strategies — Profiles

Jan Jindra

The 1980s photographs of Jan Jindra occupy a peculiar niche in the context of the impromptu photography of the day. Although most of them were created while he was still a student at FAMU (the Czech national film school in Prague), they very often depart from the canons that defined Czech photography in that era…

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#26 Documentary Strategies — Profiles

Open Group

It is almost 9 pm. I am standing in one of the PinchukArtCentre’s hallways, directly opposite the toilet door. A webcam is attached to my forehead, broadcasting everything that happens in front of my eyes into the exhibition space…

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#26 Documentary Strategies — Profiles

Ivan Kyncl

To cite a review of the exhibition that presented the legacy of Ivan Kyncl in order to mark the 30th anniversary of Charter 77: “Ivan Kyncl sacrificed everything for photography. Including his life…

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#26 Documentary Strategies — Profiles

Trevor Paglen

Trevor Paglen (b. 1974) is an American artist, activist, author, investigative journalist, researcher, photographer and geographer. In his work, he sets out to redefine contemporary documentary photography, as well as landscape and war photography, employing abstract and multi-layered images in lieu of naïve photojournalism, in an attempt to document that which we cannot see…

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#26 Documentary Strategies — Profiles

Eric Baudelaire

I first met Eric this spring in his studio in Paris, during my curatorial exploration of the Paris scene. I knew his work from a few reproductions that had stuck in my memory, among the neverending avalanche of e-flux newsletters that daily fill the inbox of just about anyone with an interest in contemporary art…

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#26 Documentary Strategies — Profiles

Akram Zaatari

When the Lebanese artist and documentarist Akram Zaatari had a hole dug in a public park in Kassel, in which he inserted boxes featuring painted “photographic” objects which he subsequently buried in concrete with only their steel frame visible as a memento, he declared his stance regarding the relationship between photography and archive…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

Vojtěch Novák

“I can listen to it all the time,” says Urvi from the front seat of the parked car. The viewer sees her put on the song that she likes to listen to over and over again. “But I don’t feel the rhythm in here,” she adds, and the viewer slowly realized that the here that Urvi is talking about represents a counterpoint to somewhere else…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

Wolfgang Tillmans

Although it may seem that in his most recent book The Cars Wolfgang Tillmans used photography in a way reminiscent of the late 1960s and early 1970s, in fact the way he has taken hold of typologically focused conceptual photography is quite different…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

Edgar Martins

The origins of Edgar Martins (born 1977) are an important key that significantly shapes the character of his work. His refined sense for perfect composition, order, rhythm and detail, combined with his technical processing of images, stem from his life experience and reflect the pulsating multicultural nature and thousands of years of tradition that are found in the southern Chinese province and former Portuguese colony of Macao, where he lived from early childhood and spent his adolescence…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

Vladimir Nikolic

“This work presents a total discontinuity in my art production. Until now, I have one or two lines, maybe, which I follow in my works, but this one is absolutely alone and not in relation with other works, and I probably will not do anything like it in the future…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

Zygmunt Rytka

The year is 1976. Poland is ruled by Edward Gierek, a propagator of the idea of socialist consumerist society. The Fiat 126p cars have been leaving production lines of Polish factories massively for the last three years and, even over this short span of time, they have already managed to reach the status of a significant official propaganda tool…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

Security Service Archive

Nine staff members had a total of three cars at their disposal – a blue Škoda110, a white Škoda110, and a greyish-blue Renault 16. The surveillance was taken over by a second group, consisting of nine members of the secret police…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

Roman Ondák

In 2011, seven Škodas with Slovak registration plates appeared in the car park behind the Secession Building in Vienna. They were parked there by Roman Ondák. He rented the cars from friends using funds from his exhibition budget, and drove them from Bratislava to Vienna…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

Michal Czanderle

In some social circles, a car is as much of a fashion accessory as an expensive handbag. If you have enough money, everyone expects you to invest in an expensive car to prove your wealth. In other words – you choose a car that (ana)logically matches your standard of living… your social status…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

Richard Prince

The notion of prosperity, linked with progress, the competitive accumulation of assets, and individual success has always been glaringly visible in American society. However, over the recent past decades, things have changed drastically since the time this fantasy first originated…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

Lukáš Jasanský & Martin Polák

After discussing the theme and content of the current issue of Fotograf Magazine together with Lukáš Jasanský and Martin Polák, and after a brief look through their archive, we jointly came to the conclusion that the cycle Kuranda (1998) which we originally intended to publish, and which is perhaps their work most systematically concerned with automobiles, appeared to be only the tip of the iceberg…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

The Atlas Group / Walid Raad

As part of his project The Atlas Group (1989–2004), the LebaneseAmerican artist Walid Raad collected documents related to the contemporary history of Lebanon. Raad presents the results of The Atlas Group as a collective work, attributing joint authorship to several fictitious characters…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

Václav Jirásek

Photographs of cars fall into different, fairly clearly defned genres, but their admirers, stimulated by the myths behind various brands and often nostalgically longing for older expressions of masculinity, all tend to look for confrmation of human exceptionality in a construction race with nature, chasing after an embodiment of strength, speed and elegance…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

Bohdan Holomíček

Snapshot photography is mainly about looking through the viewfnder, whether you are out in the street, looking out of a window in a fat, or even through a car or bus window. It would actually be surprising if Bohdan Holomíček, who is renowned for his productivity, did not take photos of cars and from cars…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

Jiří Dufek

No other technological invention has ever drawn as much public attention as the car. Just about any ordinary person on the street can easily learn how to safely handle a car without knowing anything – or even being interested in – what is hidden beneath the bonnet…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

Jiří Hanzelka & Miroslav Zikmund

There is no doubt that the photographs published in the books of travel writing by Jiří Hanzelka and Miroslav Zikmund have signifcantly shaped several generations of readers’ understanding of various far-fung corners of the world…

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#26 Documentary Strategies — Profiles

Libuše Jarcovjáková

 

People are strange when you’re a stranger

Faces look ugly when you’re alone

Women seem wicked when you’re unwanted

Streets are uneven when you’re down

 

The Doors – People Are Strange

 

“I have climbed up a tree; I see beautiful apples that remain out of reach, but I am closer to them than if I were to climb down… I must continue to climb, even at the risk of falling,” she writes in her diary in 1986…

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#26 Documentary Strategies — Profiles

WassinkLundgren

The Dutch moniker WassinkLundgren denotes the duo consisting of Thijs groot Wassink (b. 1981) and Ruben Lundgren (b. 1983). The pair joined forces while at art school in Utrecht, but even after leaving their native country they did not abandon their artistic collaboration, which then had to take place through the visual interface of Skype…

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#26 Documentary Strategies — Profiles

Mark Strandquist

 

“The celebration of abstract humanity becomes, in any given political situation, the celebration of the dignity of the passive victim. This is the final outcome of the appropriation of the photographic image for liberal political ends; the oppressed are granted a bogus Subjecthood when such status can be secured only from within, on their own terms…

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#26 Documentary Strategies — Profiles

Alfredo Jaar

For over thirty years, Alfredo Jaar has been investigating the mechanisms of construction of knowledge employed by mass media for ideological manipulation, and exploring the potential of artistic practices as critical interventions and strategies of resistance…

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#26 Documentary Strategies — Profiles

Pavel Štecha

The extant literature on sociological photography is scant. Is there even such a thing as sociological photography? One possible answer to that question might be provided by the photographs of Pavel Štecha, illustrating reports based on sociological research in cities or larger localities (e…

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#1 Face — Profiles

Jolana Havelková

Jolana Havelková’s photographic cycle entitled Transient Meetings was actually created in the darkroom: thanks to a slight shifting of the negative outside of the enlarger lens’ plane of focus, the contours of the model photographed were strangely confused, as if veiled…

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#1 Face — Profiles

Dita Pepe

Dita Pepe’s exhibition in the Prague Velryba Gallery provoked an unexpected response in January this year. With her staged double portraits of women of various backgrounds, in which she herself plays ‘the double’, she has managed to unite in playful exaggeration two contrary principles of post-war photography: a perceptive, engaged attitude combined with the imagination of staged photography…

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#28 Cultura / Natura — Profiles

Ferdinand Bučina

Ferdinand Bučina (1909–1994) observed the relationship between human and nature under various political regimes, in urban centres, and in remote villages. However, whether he sold his photos to interwar periodicals or if he shot them for Socialist narrative visual publications, the people portrayed in them were always intensively involved with the surrounding living world…

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#28 Cultura / Natura — Profiles

Josef Václav Staněk

The photobooks by Václav Jan Staněk (1907—1983) could be find on the shelves of many a Czech secondhand bookshop. His once popular publications were, however, surpassed by other books more in line with current scientific findings and the technique of photographic recording…

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#28 Cultura / Natura — Profiles

Peter Bartoš

Although Slovak neo avant-garde artist Peter Bartoš (1938) is a radical figure on the Slovak art scene, his work has still not been fully documented. Since he only selectively shares information about his work, Bartoš is difficult to access…

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#28 Cultura / Natura — Profiles

Asunción Molinos Gordo

WAM (World Agricultural Museum) is a site-specific work that uses the historical trope of the cabinet of curiosities to explore the introduction of biotechnology in farming. This 200 square-meter art installation recreates the atmosphere and the colonial aesthetics of the old Agricultural Museum of Cairo, to present the contemporary discourses on genetically modified crops and their various derivatives, coupled with the implementation of intellectual property policies on seeds, international trade agreements and their connection with food insecurity…

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#9 Architecture — Profiles

Michael Pfisterer

To write about Michael Pfisterer means to become a critic of science. But of a science, about which no-one knows anything and ranging from a bee to Boeing, but is governed by a single, very stubborn and enigmatic scientist…

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#9 Architecture — Profiles

Daniel Mirer

When conjuring an image of a modern structure, which aspects of its design come to mind? In all likelihood, they are the elements which separate the building from its surroundings, rather than those the all have in common…

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#9 Architecture — Profiles

Annemie Augustijns

In 2000, the Belgian photographer Annemie Augustijns (born 1965), a graduate in photography and cinema of the Institut Saint- Luc de Bruxelles, started traveling with her large-format camera across the various Central and East European countries which seventeen years ago liberated themselves from Communist totalitarian regimes, and have since become new members of the European Union: Poland, the former GDR, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia…

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#9 Architecture — Profiles

Andrzej Kramarz & Weronika Lodzińska

The five photographic cycles of the Polish duo Andrzej Kramarz and Weronika Łodzińska, which together form part of the project Home, are coherent both visually and in terms of concept. The cycles present several types of more or less bizarre human dwellings, some furnished with loving care over years, some on the contrary quite provisional…

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#9 Architecture — Profiles

Alexander Seizov

To what extent are your photographs a documentary of vanishing reality, and to what degree are they timeless “images”? In an imaginary balance between the matter-of-fact descriptive record of reality and a kind of inner, dream-like perspective, do you tend towards the latter?

 

I do not see my photographs as purely documentary…

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#10 Eroticon — Profiles

Charles Cohen

What we no longer have is complicated by the way we remember it. A pervasive sense of longing ultimately indicates a link between the present and what is lost, what is missing, as well as, perhaps, what is regrettable…

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#10 Eroticon — Profiles

Lenka Klodová

A list of basic rules which, according to Lenka Klodová, offer publishers of pornographic magazines guaranteed success with female readers:

  1. Pretend that you love her.
  2. She is the only one and it doesn’t matter what she is like…
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#10 Eroticon — Profiles

Slava Mogutin

Slava Mogutin is an artist whose work has emerged from a confluence of cultures and histories. He works across different media – including photography, video, poetry and performance – conjuring volatile erotic phenomena from these clashing orders of representation…

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#10 Eroticon — Profiles

Noami Harris

Most Europeans see the United States under the ultra-conservative administration of George W. Bush as a prudish country, where millions of citizens are outraged by a fleeting glimpse of singer Janet Jackson’s nipple during a live TV broadcast, where there is an ongoing struggle to ban the teaching of Darwin’s theory of evolution in schools, where exhibitions featuring provocative works are censored, and where a growing number of young people voluntarily maintain sexual abstinence before marriage…

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#10 Eroticon — Profiles

Adam Holý

“Everything is erotic, isn’t it?” retorted Adam Holý in his questioningly innocent manner, when I asked him what connects his lightly ruffled nature photographs with nudes taken in the style of amateur S&M production…

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#28 Cultura / Natura — Profiles

Michal Kern

Whether I perceive the Slovak artist Michal Kern as a solitary runner in the snow1 or a year-round walker – a tracker2, who carefully observed all, even the least obvious, traces, processes and changes in his surroundings, for me he is also one who left his own deliberate ephemeral imprints in the high-mountain landscape of the Low and High Tatras…

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#28 Cultura / Natura — Profiles

Bill McDowell

One of the issues photography currently faces involves seeking for and defining its own identity – determining what photography is today and how its artists should come to terms with the 170-year-old history of this medium…

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#11 Performance — Profiles

Petra Skoupilová

Petra Skoupilová, (b.1944), studied reproduction photography but her journey to being an artist was slow. Through her work as secretary in the music publishing house Supraphon, she joined the Ashahi Pentax Photo Club at the beginning of the 1970’s…

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#11 Performance — Profiles

Kateřina Šedá

It was the evening. I got off in Líšeň at the ‘U Setinku’ stop and walked towards our house. 

After a few steps I heard voices coming from my favourite garden. Here you could always see variety of vegetables planted in neat rows, every year with different colours and types of flowers, different arrangements of flowerbeds…

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#11 Performance — Profiles

Nina Beier & Marie Lund

Different groups of people are given an instruction with an inbuilt premise that generates a friction either amongst the group itself or in the meeting with their surroundings.(maybe distribute the photographs between the text) Fascinated by group dynamics and the ways in which individuals relate to each other, Nina Beier and Marie Lund work collaboratively, creating particular social situations that are carefully choreographed and then documented on film and in photographs…

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#11 Performance — Profiles

Barbora Klímová

For my Replaced-Brno-2006 project I chose five performances by five artists, which had taken place in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s and 80s. The main criterion for the selection was that their performances had taken place (or could have taken place) in public spaces…

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#11 Performance — Profiles

Martin Zet

To believe in the journey towards the Why.

To reject studies, knowledge, the familiar.

To stand quietly.

Handy hands at hand.

27 July 1995, Petrovice u Sedlčan

It was not so long ago that Martin Zet’s primary school-aged daughter asked him how she should answer the question: “What does your dad do?” I would assume that the subject of this query advised his daughter to write in her homework assignment that her father is a sculptor, but apparently even he hesitated a bit…

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#23 Artificial Worlds — Profiles

Lev Manovich

“It’s a new way to see the world.” [ref] Instagram. [online]. 28.3.2014 [cit. 2014-03-28]. Available at: http://instagram.com/#.[/ref] declares the closing line of a short informative text about Instagram, available on-line for those who wish to find out about the way the application works…

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#23 Artificial Worlds — Profiles

Jerzy Olek

I first met Jerzy Olek (b. 1943) in the late 1970s. He was already at that time regarded as an ambitious intellectual whose range of activity was not limited to photography. At the time, he was editor of the Fotografia quarterly, as well as head of the Foto–Medium–Art gallery in Wrocław…

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#23 Artificial Worlds — Profiles

Julie Cockburn

The UK artist Julie Cockburn is not a photographer, but works with photography as the basic foundation of her art. A regular visitor to junk shops, garage sales and flea markets, she buys old photographs, picture postcards and even paintings…

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#23 Artificial Worlds — Profiles

Kateřina Zochová

The half-hidden but still clearly visible reproductions of the paintings by Tamara Lempicka, a chic modernist artist, captured in two photographs by Kateřina Zochová, a young Czech artist, are not unevocative of Art Deco…

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#23 Artificial Worlds — Profiles

Jakub Nepraš

During the past decade the multimedia sculptor Jakub Nepraš has ranked among the most sought-after artists of Czech origin. After finishing his break-through animation Babylon Plant (2006) at the end of his studies at the Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts, he continually developed the concept of combining the material-space object and video texture…

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#23 Artificial Worlds — Profiles

Jörg Sasse

“All photography is a kind of transformation.

If you want to do it or if you don’t want to do it, it is.“ Jörg Sasse

Jörg Sasse studied photography at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (Dusseldorf Art Academy) in the years 1982 to 1987…

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#23 Artificial Worlds — Profiles

Maxime Guyon

One of the youngest, though chronically busy and hectically working representatives of the Swiss-French photo scene is Maxime Guyon. He, just like many other artists featured in this issue of the Fotograf magazine, creates his own “artificial” worlds based on a fresh reflection of what our times offer us in terms of visual culture…

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#23 Artificial Worlds — Profiles

Masha Ru

Masha Ru’s artistic practice is deeply rooted in her scientific background. She has studied Mathematics and Computer Science in Lomonosov Moscow State University. In 2011, she received a doctoral degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology…

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#23 Artificial Worlds — Profiles

Tomáš Lumpe

“If all reality is a computation from possibilities, then ‘reality’ is a threshold value.“[ref]Flusser Vilem, Towards a Philosophy of Photography (London: Reaktion Books, 2000).[/ref]

The title Parallel Realities echoes a title of a sci-fi themed book, a little…

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#23 Artificial Worlds — Profiles

Jiří Šigut

Towards the end of his book The Dialectic of Modernism and Postmodernism: The Critique of Reason since Adorno,[ref] Albrecht Wellmer, „The Dialectic of Modernism and Postmodernism: The Critique of Reason since Adorno,“ The Persistence of Modernity: Essays on Aesthetics, Ethics and Postmodernism, trans…

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#23 Artificial Worlds — Profiles

Linda Čihařová

Richard Feynman, one of the founders of nanotechnology, has called his famous lecture on nanotechnology and nanostructures, which took place at the annual American Physical Society meeting at Caltech in 1959, “There´s Plenty of Room at the Bottom…

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#23 Artificial Worlds — Profiles

Geert Goiris

Taking Notice

What does it mean to “take notice” in a world that has lost its belief in enigmas? What exactly can we still call noticeable in such a world? Or to rephrase that question: what does a truly reasonable, objective and sane man see when confronted with the world of appearances?

Imagine taking a walk through nature and perceiving what you see as a random constellation of meaningless objects, worked upon by the abstract forces modern science describes…

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#23 Artificial Worlds — Profiles

Roman Schramm

After about fifteen years of the unconditional dominance of the photographic image as the main vehicle of visual information in the age of the Internet, it has now partly retreated from this exclusive position…

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#23 Artificial Worlds — Profiles

Gottfried Jäger

Gottfried Jäger, born 1937 in Burg near Magdeburg, started his career as an apprentice in Bielefeld and later studied photography in Cologne. In 1960, he started teaching photo techniques at the School of Design in Bielefeld and between 1973–2002 he was a professor of photography at the University of Applied Sciences, Bielefeld…

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#23 Artificial Worlds — Profiles

Václav Cigler

The symbiosis of visionary architects with photographers back in the 1960s was as much love at first sight as a marriage of convenience. Passing fascination combined with lasting pragmatism motivated professionals from both fields to join forces in close cooperation – now thanks to the possibilities of the photographic medium they hoped to transform their implausible architectural fantasies into credible propositions by presenting them in a more realistic setting…

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#13 Family — Profiles

Tammy Rae Carland

Tammy Rae Carland’s work is completely focused on the personal element and therefore her characters are real bodies, real people; her work sometimes even includes the artist herself. Additionally, she treats photography as
a vehicle for performance, often exploring its relationship to the theatrical as opposed to the mundane…

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#13 Family — Profiles

Yuri Manríque Figueroa

In this photographic essay the artist reconstructs various periods in his family life from the perspective of photographic archives containing photos from
a range of commercial photographers…

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#13 Family — Profiles

Justine Kurland

We must imagine a world, where each woman will be the sovereign ruler
of her own body. In such a world women will indeed create new life, because they will not just bring new children into the world (should they decide to do so and in what manner they choose), but also ideas and thoughts essential for
the maintenance, solace and transformation of 
human existence…

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#28 Cultura / Natura — Profiles

Martin and Osa Johnson

“The photographer is now charging real beasts, beleaguered and too rare to kill. Guns have metamorphosed into cameras in this earnest comedy, the ecology safari, because nature has ceased to be what it always had been—what people needed protection from…

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#28 Cultura / Natura — Profiles

Petr Košárek

While studying photography and interactive media at the Faculty of Art and Design in Ústí nad Labem (2011–14), Petr Košárek went on a scholarship to the Accademia di Belle Arti, Naples. Ever since then, his work — which could be described as anachronistic, dealing with nature versus artificiality and originality versus technicality — has strived to merge photography with sculpture…

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#28 Cultura / Natura — Profiles

Lukáš Kubec

Lukáš Kubec (b. 1979) belongs to the generation that experienced a period of disorientation. Continuous integrity, interrupted by the undermining of epic stories, spread throughout the Czech environment somewhat later in than in the Western world…

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#28 Cultura / Natura — Profiles

Adam Vačkář

A plastic bottle with a non-alcoholic beverage has become one of the visual leitmotifs of the dynamically developing part of contemporary art that we used to call, with some hesitation, post-Internet just a couple of years ago; today (perhaps with even less trust in the normative potential of both terms), we talk about speculative realism and objectively oriented ontology (OOO)…

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#12 Reconstruction — Profiles

Jan Dziaczkowski

Maybe it would have been nice, if the Iron Curtain hadn’t sprung up on the Elbe River. Rather it could have been farther away – maybe even as far as Santiago de Compostela. In 1945, the Soviet army simply would not have stopped in the middle of Germany – and the middle of the way, but it would have marched briskly on, into the sunset, setting up satellite states as it went along: The Socialist Republic of France, The People’s Democratic Republic of Italy, The United Socialist Republic of Great Britain and Ireland…

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#28 Cultura / Natura — Profiles

Pavel Sterec

A few years ago, Pavel Sterec (*1985) decided to organize an expedition to a light reservation on the border between the Czech Republic and Poland. The participants were to come from different walks of life, and were selected accordingly…

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#12 Reconstruction — Profiles

Petra Vargová

Petra Vargová does not rank among artists who overwhelm galleries with more and more of their new works. Even on her web-site (petravargova.org), which maps more than a decade’s worth of work, we do not find confused trails of projects…

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#28 Cultura / Natura — Profiles

Simone Nieweg

Simone Nieweg (b.1962) is a good example of the influence of place, time and even the experience of viewers on their perception of art works. Between 1948 and 1989, Czech photography preferred different approaches than Western Europe, accepting mainly those impulses that were in harmony with “lyric movements” defined as typically Czech by Jaroslav Boček no later than in 1962…

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#28 Cultura / Natura — Profiles

Claudiu Cobilanschi

Claudiu Cobilanschi straddles the border between art and journalism, campaigning as journalists do, overstepping the limits of a given media and presenting his audience with a complex problem as a whole, in relation to himself as a person…

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#14 Commerce — Profiles

Zuzanna Krajewska & Bartek Wieczorek

Gentle, but with a claw, beautiful to the point of extreme, perverse, yet not going beyond the limits of good taste. The work of Zuzana Krajewska and Bartek Wieczorek consciously balances on the edge; it constantly eludes definitions and seduces or fools the uncertain viewer…

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#14 Commerce — Profiles

René & Radka

No two words better capture the free composition of this pair than does the name of their last independent exhibit in the Museo Nazionale Alinari Della Fotografia in Florence – Dreams and Shadows

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#14 Commerce — Profiles

Dan Cermak

She just lies there, embodies the whole of art history stuffed onto two floral chairs, she is shamelessly exposed and accessible to the fantasy games of whomever looks at her: the scandalous Olympia of Édouard Manet…

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#21 On Photography — Profiles

Ľubomír Lukčo

The story of photography – a title which to any local readers remotely interested in photography will evoke the now-legendary book by Daniela Mrázková. First published in 1985, it presented a gripping narrative of both the personal lives and artistic careers of certain key figures and defining moments in the history of world photography…

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#19 Film — Profiles

Jan Brož

To intensely study relevant literature in libraries, to sift through museum archives, to seek expert counsel and call up witnesses, or on the contrary to ask no one about anything, to spontaneously head out to far away museums and, despite bans on shooting videos, to film there in an almost guerrilla style…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Viktor Kopasz

These photos come from the image diaries with the working names, Shadow play, Perform meditation, Cold, Any change, Kertelö, Underdog, 13_5_08 and Distance of sympathy from the period 1992 till 2010…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Johana Pošová

This negative photographed in the Kobylisy Firing Range was damaged in a Prague photo lab due to an error made by an otherwise reliable film developing machine. It revealed the layers and the rough image was distorted by the exposure of the material…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Markéta Kinterová

The photographic series, Situation, evokes a linear arrangement typical of films or comics. Whether itʼs that we see individual shots as the fields in a film strip or in a comic strip, we actively fill in the “empty spaces” between them…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Tomáš Brabec

I walk here often and all of a sudden Iʼm not sure in which millennium this street actually resides. Itʼs like when a person gets up of a morning and springs naked from their bed and their body waits awhile for the context of that personʼs life…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Jáchym Kliment

Stop –Olšanské náměstí /Olšanka Square (Tram5, 9, 26, 55, 58) fromthe centre. Walk back the way the tram came 100 m to the intersection of Táboritská and Ondříčkova Streets. Continue on Ondříčkova for 57meters, left side of the street…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Sylva Francová

During one year I photographed views from the windows of the block of flats in Jižní Město (South Prague), where I live. I created time portraits of parts of the house via its external environment…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Petra Steinerová

The collection of large-format, colour photographs, Citizen, was created based on pre-defined points connecting the individual photos. These points merge first and foremost in an attempt to portray the various forms of modern life in big cities in the Czech Republic…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Ludmila Kadlecová

PTenement buildings. Blocks of flats, yet also rabbit cages, overnight accommodation, boxes… No other space, where we move about daily and live our lives, evokes so many emotions, moods and contrary opinions…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Jiří Skála

Probably some eight years ago, during a visit to a newly-opened shopping centre, I was struck by the conflict between my idea of what public space should be and what it actually was, i.e. as offered to me for consumption…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Jesper Alvaer

Nothing was completely clear, but we had filled half a day with unconventional playacting.We had become tourists in our own home- town. As a collective, we had allowed ourselves to be led by Alvaer’s ideas, and we had not even asked about the concept of the whole program…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

SofijaSilvia

Snímky z cyklu Kontakt patří k raným dílům fotografky vystupující pod jménem SofijaSilvia. Snímky zkoumají vztah mezi člověkem a prostorem.

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Matthew Monteith

The opacity of Prague, the guarded nature of its inhabitants, allowsfor the possibility of projecting a variety of narratives onto thecity. In 2001 and 2002, I lived in Prague and worked on the pictures thatbecame the book “Czech Eden” (Aperture 2006)…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Blazej Pindor

This documenting of my lack of interaction with the environment lasted almost 3 years and was published in the form of a book that has run in 7 editions.

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Jiří Křenek

Jiří Křenek mainly gained notice with his collection, Hypermarkety / Hypermarkets (2000), which was the culmination of his studies at the Institute of Creative Photography at the Faculty of Philosophy and Natural Sciences at the Silesian University in Opava…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Veronika Zapletalová

Cottage-dwelling – The Architecture of Human Dreams and Possibilities The Chatařství / Cottage-dwelling project started to come together in 2000, first as a photo-installation. 

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Tacita Dean

I remember my trip to Prague in 1991. I bought ten cheap Russian films, which allowed me to be carefree in a manner unknown to the frugality of a student. I left the films there to be processed, and forgot about them…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Dušan Pálka

For me photography is a form of protection against the routineness (mundaneness) of life. I personally believe in topics and visions (and by vision I mean the internal idea of the topic), wherein the photographer is personally involved…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Rudo Prekop

I never felt like I was an important documentarian. But when transformative social events occurred in November 1989, I did feel the need to capture something from this once-in-a-lifetime historical moment and it was at this time that a big demonstration was taking place onWenceslas Square…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Peter Župník

Prague. Beginning of the 1980s. I arrive as a FAMU student from the East of Czechoslovakia. I donʼt know Prague; it engulfs me with all that it has. I walk around a lot; I shift my eyes toward various places and corners that call to me…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Jiří Poláček

Pragueʼs Smíchov area is Poláčekʼs home district and Poláček is an enthusiastic expert on this subject: “Smíchov is like a textbook on the history of architecture: each block heading away from the city centre is another epoch…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Pavel Baňka

During the mid-1980s I had the urge to try something different. At that time I was photographing primarily people – portraits, invented photos in the atelier – and I had the feeling I should document something from my time…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Josef Koudelka

The day before the Warsaw Pact armies invaded Czechoslovakia in August 1968, Josef Koudelka, who was thirty-years-old at the time, returned from Romania, where he had been photographing Roma (gypsies)…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Václav Chohola

Město a jeho periferie byly pro Václava Chocholu stálým životním inspiračním vzorem, krajinou i celým světem, ve kterém nacházel vzájemné podobnosti, cestu k sobě i k ostatním přátelům…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Zdeněk Tmej

Tmejʼs photographs of the city and its periphery were prepared for an unrealised publication, Město /City, for the Elmar Klossʻ FilmPublishing House. Itwasmeant to be edited by photographer,Karel Ludwig…

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#15 Prague — Profiles

Miroslav Hák

Art always begins with an abrupt brush with reality unclassified in a rational system, disjointed from it, and therefore denuding the sensibility of spirit and mobilizing its strength, attempting to empower it…

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

Voina Wanted

Voina Wanted – Political “Action” Using the Photographic Image

“Moscow Actionism”[ref]A. Kovalyov, Russian Actionism 1990–2000 (Российский акционизм 1990—2000)…

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Audun Mortensen

”If you were a conceptual artist in the late nineteen-sixties and early nineteen-seventies, it scarcely mattered what you did, as long as it wasn’t much, and you documented it,” critic Peter Schjeldahl once said…

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Lenka Vítková

In 2010, the artist Lenka Vítková (b. 1975, Český Krumlov) exhibited nine black and white photographs in Brno’s Café Steiner, each capturing in enlarged format, and in simply formatted text, the standard visualization of a several-page long text document open on the computer screen…

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Vendula Knopová

Congratulations. A baby fruit is born. Vendula Knopová (*1987) finished her studies in photography at the School of Multimedia Communication at the university in Zlín. Last year she won the grand prize in the Frame competition…

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Boris Dornbusch

The work of Boris Dornbusch is as elusive as „The fleeting scent in the  very moment between opening the lid and just before removing the display protection sheet from a MacBook Air purchased a few seconds ago“ (2012, from the book YEAR OF THE MOON, 2013)…

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Magda Stanová

Magda Stanová pursues long-term analysis and critique of the medium of photography and the art scene through lectures, drawings and textual commentary. In recent years, she has been attempting to locate points of intersection between artistic and scientific practice, subjecting to analysis both artistic approaches and the processes of their verification…

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Roman Pyatkovka

In the Enlightenment Era, a considerable influence on present-day reality, European thought imagined the body as an orderly, structured biological machine. The concept of the body has since undergone cardinal changes, even to the point of conceptualizing it as hollow, its surface coated with skin (“body without organs”)…

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Barbora Toman Tylová

Where to look for a template for contemporary visual poetry? This was the elementary question artist Barbora Toman Tylová (born 1981) posed. She approached the problem, thus defined, from the angle of graphic design…

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Viktor Kopasz

In our present era of simple, rapid and massive sharing, the mere fact of the existence of a work which has evidently been created with great care, and yet which has remained unpublished for many years, is unusual…

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Shannon Ebner

The premise of the work of American artist Shannon Ebner is not based on Ed Ruscha, as was often noted, but rather on an interpretation of it by Yves-Alain Bois, presented in the early 1990s.[ref]Yves-Alain Bois, “Thermometers Should Last Forever”, in: Edward Ruscha: Romance with Liquids, Paintings 1966–1969, Rizzoli International Publications, Inc, 1993…

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Štěpán Pech

In 2010 Štěpán Pech, a student at the Photography studio at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, organized an event called Vernisáž / Opening. He created a fake exhibition of portraits of his fellow students from the studio…

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Stephen Willats

In 2011, several artists and architects were invited by Hans Ulrich Obrist to meet at a round table discussion at Art Basel, on the subject of “The Artist as Urban Planner.” Over the course of the last decade, similar gatherings of eminent curators, critics and others working in the field of culture have become an almost mandatory part of art fairs, a sort of veneer of theory serving to veil the basic nature of the art business, the purpose of every “art festival…

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#16 Photography and Painting — Profiles

Ladislav Babuščák

Laco Babuščák is one of few artists from my area that works only with topics that he knows very well and to which he has a strong, emotional, almost destined relationship. He is also one of few artists with so-called grandiose and traditional ambition (in the positive sense of the word)…

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#16 Photography and Painting — Profiles

Jan Kuděj

At the end of the nineteenth century photography was a new medium that changed human understanding; it brought not only the possibility to capture reality, but also a new experience as to how to handle reality…

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#16 Photography and Painting — Profiles

Tereza Příhodová

Tereza Příhodová approaches themes, material and space non-traditionally. She does not try to copy, quote or make variations on existing trends. She does not simplify the ideas that she has in her head, neither from a formal nor from a content point of view…

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#16 Photography and Painting — Profiles

Dryden Goodwin

DC: The relationship between drawing and photography as two means of imaging, but also communication, became the basis of your work. Could you please elaborate on the essence of this relationship? At first glance this can appear to be a difficult connection…

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#16 Photography and Painting — Profiles

Tom Hunter

Historically, the relationship between painting and photography has been an uneasy one, with painters struggling to find solid ground after the invention of the photograph, and photographers struggling to be recognised as true artists…

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#16 Photography and Painting — Profiles

Radka Salcmannová

Radka Salcmannová’s series of self-portraits, Over, was created as a thesis work in the Kurt Gebauer Studio at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (VŠUP). In it the artist has allowed herself to be photographed in limp, resigned positions and covered in a hard-to-identify, slimy liquid…

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#16 Photography and Painting — Profiles

Dianne Kornberg

In her works American artist, Dianne Kornberg (1945), carefully adheres to a collection of rules that she herself established. She moves in an aggregate, where at first glance precise citations of fact intersect with the hidden meanings of images…

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#16 Photography and Painting — Profiles

Michal Pěchouček

Pigeon-holing, specifically as concerns technique, not only does not pay off in the case of Michal Pěchouček, but is also essentially a battle lost from the start. He himself speaks of how he set the basic premise for his works as multi-facetedness and free movement across media…

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#16 Photography and Painting — Profiles

Georges Rousse

In abandoned buildings across the world, before their destruction or their renovation, Georges Rousse has worked and installed his darkroom for more than 20 years. He has set up his nomad workshop in places into which he has infused new life and given it a new history…

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#16 Photography and Painting — Profiles

Rafał Bujnowski

The phenomenon of “new painting from Poland” was born more than a decade ago. And despite the fact that it does not cultivate any unified style, that it does not create a group and that it works in a diffused manner, on the international scene it is brought together by its special humour and high quality…

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

Vladimír Turner

The engagé transformation of public space in the City of Prague has been the focus of a number of art projects by Vladimír Turner (b. 1986), a graduate of the Center for Audiovisual Studies at the Czech national film school in Prague (FAMU), who is at the moment finishing his studies in Jiří David’s studio at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design…

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

kennardphillipps

In 2003 when the US and its allies overthrew by force the regime of Saddam Hussein while the rest of the world watched live as Iraqis toppled statues of the fallen dictator in the streets, it seemed that the restoration of democracy and stability in Iraq would be a question of a few months at most…

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

Lukáš Hájek & Zdeněk Porcal

Photographer Zdeněk Porcal and multi-media artist Lukáš Hájek cast aside their individual artistic identities exclusively in order to undertake work with public space. Their joint projects in the past included the planting of dummy explosive devices (in reality these were just bundles of wires) in several locations around Brno, with a rather disagreeable aftermath spent in court (2004) or the Bombananas kiosk (2004) from which they offered passers-by bananas for sale with recommendations regarding their usage…

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

Dora Dernerová

Public space long ago became a favored platform for the presentation of artistic activities of various artistic realms. It is usually in an effort to bring works closer to people – to address those who may not have found their way to the gallery…

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

Šejla Kamerić

Šejla Kamerić (b. 1976) studied graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo. Since that time, a sensibility for the ingenious combination of text and image within an artwork has become deeply rooted in her activity, along with the ability to directly communicate with the viewer which informs her singular approach to photography…

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

Jakub Cabalka & Jakub Červenka

A small part of a swept pavement, several steps covered by a rug, a couple of centimetres of a painted wall, a pile of dirt between two cars with a flower planted in it, etc… Has it ever happened that you came across such odd phenomena in your surroundings, whose purposes and presence you could not explain? 

Do not assign the existence of these mysterious sites to the acts of aliens or hardworking dwarves…

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

Tomáš Moravec

Today the strict combining of artistic expression in the public space with socially or institutionally critical stances (opinions) comes off as cliché. There are certainly a number of photographers or visual artists, who use the public space in their work as a place where they can better formulate their statement and point out problem areas in the functioning of societal and institutional mechanisms…

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

Susanne Bosch

In 2003 Susanne Bosch spent six months in Istanbul as one of twenty-three artists who participated in a cultural exchange program between Berlin and the Turkish metropolis in the years 1998–2009. For Bosch this experience was a turning point in the sense that it was during the exchange program that the issue of migration became the primary focus of her work…

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

Wendy Ewald

Wendy Ewald and the Children of Margate

The Toward A Promised Land project, realized over a period of 18 months by Wendy Ewald, the American artist, imparts a set of features characteristic of her specific conceptual work that is founded on collaborating with children, on experimental pedagogical methods and on using photography as a primary creative and pedagogical tool…

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#16 Photography and Painting — Profiles

David Stecker

The question of angle, or more precisely, a certain relationship to time. The angular relationship to time, the perspective. All this is said in David Stecker’s stance, a physical stance, the means by which he takes on the position of world angle (perspective)…

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#17 Amateur Photography — Profiles

Martin Fryč

Milan Mikuláštík: Hi there Martin, I would like to start on a wider note. For some time now, we have been meeting almost every day it seems at vernissages. You try to visit all exhibition events that happen in Prague, and indeed there is no shortage of them…

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#17 Amateur Photography — Profiles

Ivars Gravlejs

At first glance it may seem that Ivars Gravlejs is a photographer who is mainly interested in photographers and their cameras. This is seen in his older works, such as Excuse me, could you photograph me? (2005), when he had random passersby photograph him while secretly filming them as they did…

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#17 Amateur Photography — Profiles

Vojtěch Marek

Ingredients:
Concept, 5 friends x 1 roll of 35 mm film, a white wall (backdrop), a black marker, a ruler, and a curatorial vision.

 

Work process:
We take the concept, contact five random friends, we give each one a roll of photographic (colour) negative material with the instructions (expose “as you see fit”) and with the condition of return after use…

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#17 Amateur Photography — Profiles

Václav Tvarůžka

Roughly ten years ago a major boom of interest in photography occurred due to a significant drop in the prices of digital technology alongside the integration of cameras into mobile phones. The need to share photos taken in the broadest scope possible led to the establishment of social photo servers, where each enthusiast could set up his/her own profile and upload their photos into common galleries and obtain feedback from the server’s other users through evaluations and comments…

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#17 Amateur Photography — Profiles

Viktor Frešo

Concept:
The author is photographed with people famous in the media from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In this way, a famous personality becomes co-author of a photograph capturing me, Viktor Frešo, dressed in a suit, representing the prototype of a smiling, successful, young man…

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#17 Amateur Photography — Profiles

Jan Krhovský

Recent developments in the medium of photography (especially the onset of digital technologies) have also profoundly influenced the nature and meaning of amateur photography. The hobby of photography is no longer just for optically, chemically and technically skilled individuals involved as members of photography clubs…

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#17 Amateur Photography — Profiles

Jan Freiberg

SAD /ORCHARD/ is a moving, richly structured artistic and social project somewhere on the boundaries of photography, local history, agriculture and social therapy. Similar to other deprived artists or lonely curators, I went the way of involved social effort, implemented by researching photography on a folk, practical/commercial and – in part – artistic level as well…

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#17 Amateur Photography — Profiles

Robert Carrithers

Pavel: I read from your bio that you started as an actor and performer. You then gradually became involved in creative collaborations with theatres, music clubs and visual art centers. You eventually began to photograph and film the events that you were involved with and developed quite a unique multi-media career…

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#17 Amateur Photography — Profiles

Jáchym Kliment

The path defines the time when a change occurs. It is formed of moments when things look differently, but in which it is not possible to persist. Along the way, we move in the meantime, which holds nothing „important“, but still „something“ is always happening…

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#17 Amateur Photography — Profiles

František Dostál

In available documents on František Dostál, you will learn that in 2008 he received the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic’s Prize for Lifelong Contribution to Amateur Photography. But what are we to read from this fact? How are we to understand the concept of amateur photography? The difference between amateur and professional photography is clear…

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#17 Amateur Photography — Profiles

Lucia Nimcová

Photography is the most obvious language for describing reality. What is shown in the photograph is reality, but, as we know from the history of the genre, much depends on the vantage point and intention of the photographer, as well as whom s/he shoots and how…

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#17 Amateur Photography — Profiles

Rudo Prekop

Problematice nalezených filmů jsem se začal věnovat začátkem devadesátých let. Oslovovala mě ryzost a pravdivost jejich mimouměleckého obrazového sdělení. Od samého začátku se můj zájem paralelně soustřeďoval na dvě základní polohy: Jednak na rodinné snímky a filmy mého vlastního příbuzenstva, které tvořily mozaiku mé osobní topografie…

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#17 Amateur Photography — Profiles

Karel Kašpařík

Karel Kašpařík (1899–1968) is known today even amongst photography experts as the author of three photographs: the avant-garde-conceived girl’s face (actress Nataša Gollová) in the picture entitled Why?, a detail of barefooted farmers, and a detail of backs of photographs sometimes entitled Work, other times Slave or even The Work Capitalist

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

Felix Gonzales-Torres

“People with AIDS coalition 1985 Police Harassment 1969 Oscar Wilde 1985 Supreme Court 1986 Harvey Milk 1977 March on Washington 1987 Stonewall Rebellion 1969”

A list of names and events, of an implicit significance…

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

Silvina Arismendi

Before moving to New York, the young Uruguayan artist Silvina Arismendi (b. 1976) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. As a result, for most of the last decade she took part in the activities of the Czech art scene, participating in group exhibitions and holding several solo ones in the most regarded local off-spaces…

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

Susan Meiselas

Although the American photographer Susan Meiselas (b. 1948) has been a member of the Magnum agency since 1976, from the very beginning of her career her work has transcended the traditional notions of photojournalism…

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

Dennis Adams

The resonance and compassion in Adams’ work is founded not only in an acceptance of contemporary pluralism but in an historical conception of “public” that ties his work to a continuum, a tradition of productive debate and dissent

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

Braco Dimitrijević

Every generation of visual artists is influenced by the work of previous generations. As a rule, they tend to define themselves in opposition to the generation immediately preceding them, while consciously drawing on the generation slightly older than that…

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#18 80' — Profiles

Jan Regal

I come from a village not far from Slušovice; later we moved to Hranice. The agro-processing plant (Agrokombinát Slušovice) was located there and during my childhood in the 1980’s it was seen as a unique phenomenon: on Sundays people travelled there for trips and to shop, for lunch in a restaurant inside an airplane, to look at horses and other attractions…

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#18 80' — Profiles

Dušan Šimánek

Šimánek’s series, Ticho / Silence, is unique for Czech photography. First of all, it is one of the initial attempts to use colour photography artistically; at the time still looked down upon by the majority of photographers…

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#18 80' — Profiles

Bernard Faucon

Bernard Faucon arrived at the decision to devote his life to open creation by fits and turns. His loving grandmother – also an artist – gave her grandson a Semflex brand camera and thus taking pictures with colour film became a part of this growing man’s life…

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#18 80' — Profiles

Jindřich Štreit

At present we can already claim in retrospect that the 1980’s represent an exceptional time period in Jindřich Štreit’s artistic work (as well as a time of significant production); a time bordered by two important events…

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#18 80' — Profiles

Paul Graham

Paul Graham is without a doubt a photographer who gave the 1980’s and most of all British society of that time a very distinct image. Similar to an American William Eggelston, of the generation before, or his contemporary Martin Parr with his almost naturalistically expressed shots of banal scenes he became a pioneer of the new colour documentary…

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#18 80' — Profiles

Jan Wojnar

“The universe is built in a certain way and I am trying to make my art such that it complies with this construction.”

Jan Wojnar

 

Since his youth Jan Wojnar (1944) has been fascinated with movement and transformation, nature’s endless game, the incomprehensiveness of clouds, water levels, snow, grass and grains…

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#18 80' — Profiles

Pavel Hečko

Pavel Hečko ranks among the exceptional figures in Czech photography. His work from the 1980’s deserves special attention. It is in its own way paradoxical due to the minimal amount of existing texts and articles related to the artist’s work…

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#18 80' — Profiles

Annelies Strba

The kids are asleep, their beautiful land of Nod silently staged on a soft backdrop of warm quilts and fluffy pillows, presided over by an audience of dolls and the slumbering cat Sushi. Passing from photograph to photograph you can almost hear their peaceful breathing, as sleep is taken over by those deeper states of the soul that are our dreams…

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#18 80' — Profiles

Karel Kameník

Karel Kameník placed a photograph of Ostrava, the place he was born on 29 April 1959, on the wall of a basement apartment in Prague’s Dejvice district. The snapshot taken by Viktor Kolář shows a neighbourly chat/ visit, conversational moments, which for us are understandably silenced…

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#18 80' — Profiles

Mark Morrisroe

The candy-coloured embrace of two innocently frowning puppies in a collage, both sweet and at the same time wild, covered with rough brush strokes of coloration. The torn paper references one of Mark Morrisroe’s typical gestures, from which this early piece hails: brush strokes, cracks in paper, folds, creases and scratches; and primarily fingerprints and dust that he carried from the surface of the rough-handled negatives onto photographic paper…

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#18 80' — Profiles

Mari Mahr

You once described yourself as a ‘curious amalgam’ of different cultures, a modest way of invoking a life story that has been crossed by some of the great fault lines of the twentieth century…

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#18 80' — Profiles

Jano Pavlík

Just a few years ago few people knew the work of Jano Pavlík (1963– 1988). Lack of literature, almost no exhibition activity, a hard way to access photographic legacy. A native son of the Slovak town, Snina, who came to study photography at FAMU in 1982 together with other Slovaks (later called the Slovak New Wave), and just five years later he interrupted his exceptional work forever with his voluntary death…

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#18 80' — Profiles

Krzysztof Wodiczko

With a time gap of more than a quarter-century, it is clear that the situation of a person living originally under East European communist totalitarianism, who as an adult shifted from one jilted societal order to another (capitalism), can consider that a priceless life experience…

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#18 80' — Profiles

Francesca Woodman

“It’s a matter of comfort. I am always available.”

The year was 1972. Boulder, Colorado, USA. Thirteen-year-old Francesca Woodman just received a Yashica double reflex camera. She sat down comfortably on the couch, tossing her thick hair over her face and she pressed the self-timer…

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Aleksandra Mir

For the 53rd edition of the Biennial in Venice (2009), Aleksandra Mir had printed a series of postcards (one hundred versions in a series of ten thousand, i.e., a total of one million postcards), that visitors could take freely from stands placed in the exhibition area, either to keep or to send to their friends and family…

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Rudolf Sikora

The starting point for minor observation and brief contemplation of the nature of Rudolf Sikora’s (1946) work could in fact be his self- portrait called, Ne! Ne! Ano? / No! No! Yes? (1980)

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Jiří Valoch

[ref]Text: Slovo jako slovo / Word as Word is used in Valoch’s own typescript of A4 size,Malá pocta Bohumile Grögerové / A Small Ode to Bohumila Grögerová, 1982.[/ref] From the start of Valoch’s active existence in the art world, his work has been inseparably tied to curatorial and theoretical activities; one de facto creates the other…

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#21 On Photography — Profiles

Jiří Thýn

The title of the present article is a paraphrase of a lecture delivered by Jiří Thýn when presenting his work in U Mloka Gallery in Olomouc in 2007. The title of his lecture, in turn, was a modified quote of the curator of the photography collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, the action artist Jan Mlčoch…

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#21 On Photography — Profiles

Petra Feriancová

The work of Petra Feriancová is complex, as is mandated by the central theme she has pursued throughout her career. At the heart of her work is the fundamental and ever-present sense of clash and continuity between individual and collective memory, embodied by the images which help to form and keep these alive…

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#21 On Photography — Profiles

Louis Porter

The UK-born artist and photographer, resident in Melbourne, Australia, regards himself above all as a collector and archivist. Even in his own original work he employs a collector’s approach – for example in his series entitled The Small Conflict Archive, which contains various further sub-series set in the urban environment…

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#21 On Photography — Profiles

Mikołaj Długosz

“Many thousands people now own a digital camera. Many thousands more sell their personal items over the Internet every day” says a description of ‘Useful Photography #002’, a collection of photos from auction websites edited and published by Erik Kessels in 2002…

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#21 On Photography — Profiles

Rabih Mroué

Can one shoot or photograph one’s own death? It is difficult to answer such a question, not least since when it is being asked the interviewee is as a rule already not among the living. The Lebanese theater director and visual artist Rabih Mroué attempted to provide an answer on behalf of many of the authors of records of the last moments of their lives in his current project, entitled
The Pixelated Revolution…

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#21 On Photography — Profiles

Jan Tichý

The permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago encompasses nearly 11,000 works of art. In 2011, in an effort to map this considerable and eclectic landscape, the museum commissioned artist Jan Tichy to delve into the collection and to produce an exhibition…

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#21 On Photography — Profiles

Marcel Stecker

The Chicken and Egg of Format

Marcel Stecker’s series Film Formats (Filmové formáty) was created in 2009, during his first year as a student of photography at FAMU, the Czech national film school in Prague…

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#21 On Photography — Profiles

Jaromír Novotný

Rozhovor Petra Vaňouse s Jaromírem Novotným

Malíř Jaromír Novotný (1974) dlouhodobě prověřuje obraz v jeho vlastních konstitučních mantinelech. Součástí autorského přístupu jsou také malby vývojkou na fotopapír, které ve výběru zpřístupnily Novotného autorské výstavy Viditelné formáty (Praha, GHMP, 2012) a Guiding Lines (Praha, hunt kastner, 2013)…

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#21 On Photography — Profiles

Christopher Williams

“Cut an object in half, it becomes a model.
A model is a representation of a system.”
Christopher Williams

 

Although it may not be immediately apparent, one of the key themes in the work of US artist Christopher Williams is that of the world divided by the Cold War…

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#21 On Photography — Profiles

Hans Aarsman

Mohlo by se říct, že psát o fotografické tvorbě Hanse Aarsmana není snadný úkol – a skutečně to tak vypadá, i když pouze na první pohled. Aarsman převrací fotografické médium naruby…

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#21 On Photography — Profiles

Vilém Reichmann

Vilém Reichmann once complained: “I no longer walk any distance, as my feet start giving me pain in no time. I think I will stop taking pictures outdoors, and take up painting on film.” He was seventy-six at the time…

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#21 On Photography — Profiles

Ted Serios

Telepathy and clairvoyance are generally not regarded as something experienced on an everyday basis. Perhaps even less common are psycho-kinetic phenomena, among which can be ranked also mental photographs, for even here there is an influence exercised upon matter…

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Alphabet

In 1928, Karel Teige published his Second Manifesto of Poetism. In it, he wrote: Poetism proposes a new poetry, which strives to set its cosmos into verse through all the media that modern-day science and industry offer, and which strives to ravish the whole universe of the human soul by moving all of man’s senses…

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#28 Cultura / Natura — Profiles

From the Ralsko Project

Roads, the sky, piping, housing estates, fences, children playing, an abandoned Russian barracks, an extinct volcano set against the horizon, and then more piping. Snapshots seen through the eyes of mainly Roma women, and, in some cases, their children and grandchildren, to whom a team of students from the Charles University Faculty of Humanities distributed single-use cameras…

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#19 Film — Profiles

Martin Kohout

Already at first glance, Martin Kohout’s work is not easy to interpret. The author himself, in an interview for Czech Radio in 2009, compared its [his work’s] reception to multiple readings of one book…

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#19 Film — Profiles

Mathias Poledna

When asked to define the film he was working on at the time for the catalogue of Modernologias, Mathias Poledna described it as being “A kind of choreography of objects that traces the outlines of and transitions between, typology, historicity, abstraction, historical documentation and an aesthetic of commerce…

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#19 Film — Profiles

Tomáš Svoboda

Autorskou tvorbu Tomáše Svobody charakterizuje konceptuální zacházení se zvoleným médiem. Ať už pracuje s malbou, fotografií, filmem, performancí či jiným způsobem umělecké akce, zaujímá strukturalistické hledisko, v němž se médium jeví jako určitý znakový systém…

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#19 Film — Profiles

Martin Arnold

In 2002, Martin Arnold realized a rather ambitious project in the venue of the Vienna Kunsthalle – a series of three digital video installations titled Deanimated. Within the overall body of work of this most illustrious figure of Austrian experimental cinema (found footage), this gallery triptych represents a radical shift from his original stance as a film-maker…

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#19 Film — Profiles

Józef Robakowski

Józef Robakowski is a Polish media artist; a creator of numerous experimental films, videos, photographs, installations, objects, drawings and documentaries on art. He is equally active as the author of theoretical texts and as a pedagogue; an organiser of varied multi-media events and he has been involved in the establishment of experimental groups and associations (including ZERO-61 (19611969), WARSZTAT FORMY FILMOWEJ (1970– present))…

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#19 Film — Profiles

Ville Lenkkeri

The Finish photographer Ville Lenkkeri graduated from photography programs both at FAMU (Czech National Film School) in Prague and UIAH in Helsinki. His current work bears traits of the so-called Helsinki School, which builds on strong visuality and sophisticatedly working with subdued colors…

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#19 Film — Profiles

Isabell Heimerdinger

Isabel Heimerdinger, a German visual artist, has for a long time worked to create new contexts for film expressed in its particular artistic appropriations. Meanwhile it is not technique that defines her work, nor is it the medium that she uses…

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#19 Film — Profiles

Boris Rjeznikov

The recent exhibition “Boris Reznikov on the Set of Grigori Kozintsev’s Hamlet” was held at the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, between March 6 and April 29, 2012. It showcased photographs taken on set by Boris Reznikov, the official photographer of the film…

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#19 Film — Profiles

Dorothee von Rechenberg

In the last few years, Dorothee von Rechenberg has focused primarily on black and white photography. She is composing her photographs within series (e.g. recut, 2009, insomnia, 2008, songline, 2007)…

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#19 Film — Profiles

Jiří Kotrla

Jiří Kotrla absolvoval brněnskou FaVU, během svého působení v Portugalsku realizoval projekty rozvíjející aspekty mediální paměti klasických filmových technologií. Příkladem je kamerová jízda na opuštěném nádraží v Barreiru (Passing New History, společně s Radoslavem Zrubcem, 2009), která se stala obrazově snovou metaforou k východiskům studia mediálního obrazu, ale i odkazem k textům francouzského myslitele Michela de Certeau…

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#21 On Photography — Profiles

Václav Kopecký

Last year’s theme-based issue of Critical Inquiry magazine – one of the outcomes of a three-year research project entitled “Aesthetics after Photography” – explored various issues of photography and art from the 1960s until the present…

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#19 Film — Profiles

Lucia Sceranková

Lucia Sceranková places great emphasis on the preparation and production of spaces that come to define her subsequent photographs. The process of this creation/work and what happens prior to pressing the shutter release are important…

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#19 Film — Profiles

David Lamelas

A woman walks down a path, gets into a car, gets out somewhere else, walks into a building and down a hallway into a sparsely furnished flat, looks out the window, sits down at a desk, leafs through some papers, smokes a cigarette, and upsets a glass of water…

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#19 Film — Profiles

Filip Cenek & Tereza Sochorová

Most of Filip Cenek’s pieces do not get to be seen in permanent form, even if they are based on the same photographs, videos and animations, or a unifying literary fragment. Their installations, unique in relation to “finite” spaces, promote an effect of estrangement for both the author and the viewer…

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#19 Film — Profiles

Viktor Takáč

Viktor Takáč is a rigorous analyst of the moving image. His video-films are based on randomly found places and bizarre situations, or, rather, the subjects of these are precisely planned and subsequently composed of the photographs or footage he takes…

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#19 Film — Profiles

Candida Höfer

The work of German photographer Candida Höfer divides, in an interesting way, the art and art theoretical scenes. Whereas a majority of the specialized public enthusiastically accepts the monumental and, in a positive sense of the word, elitist character of her photographic oeuvre, it strikes the others as spectacular and coldly decadent…

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#19 Film — Profiles

Frederick Kiesler

On February 1, 1929, the Film Guild Cinema opened at 52 W. 8th St. in Greenwich Village, New York City. In the promotion materials, invitation and short press releases published on the occasion of its inauguration, it was billed as The First 100% Cinema in the United States…

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